Jake Gifford on Weight Stigma and Looking at Exercise Beyond Weight Loss

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you a guest episode with Personal Trainer, Jake Gifford (@thephitcoach), to talk about weight stigma and his unique approach to personal training.

In this episode, we dive into why Jake doesn't encourage weight loss and instead calls for a paradigm shift by reframing exercise as an activity that can be beneficial beyond the way we look. We talk about weight stigma and the biases around people in different body types, removing the fear around exercise, finding intuitive movement that brings you joy, and more.

A little about Jake: Jake is an experienced personal trainer who focuses on tearing down the barriers to exercise and emphasizes an inclusive approach to fitness that goes beyond how we look. He holds a masters degree in sports, health and exercise science with a keen interest in physical activity engagement whilst acknowledging social determinants of health.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

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A Solo Episode on the Steps I Take to Help Me Process Feelings of Anxiety

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you a solo episode all about the steps I take when anxiety or overwhelm or stress shows up.

“Stress is not allowed here. It is bad, wrong, and needs to be fixed” This was the story I had created for myself for as long as I can remember.  And as soon as I felt that uncomfortable sensation, I did everything possible to get rid of it. I didn’t know how to feel it, I didn’t want to feel it so I avoided it all together.

And I am learning I am not alone in this. So many of us have a negative relationship to stress and overwhelm. We either focus too much on the thoughts that created those sensations in the first place or we avoid the anxiety/stress completely… either by numbing out on something or obsessively trying to control our external world. Anything to feel better. Anything to not feel the overwhelm.

But the funny thing is in order to feel better, we need to feel.. Which many of us have stopped doing or don’t know how to do anymore. Which is why I wanted to share the following steps to help you get out of your head, back into your body, and actually allow the emotion to be released.

If you try any of this let me know how it lands for you and I hope you enjoy this episode.

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Lara Briden on Hormones, Birth Control, and All Things Periods

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Episode 42: Lara Briden on Hormones, Birth Control, and All Things Periods

This week on the podcast I am bringing you a guest episode with Dr. Lara Briden (author of Period Repair Manual) and I am SO excited to share this interview. Lara answers my 10000 questions on all things periods, hormones, birth control, and more.

In this episode we dig into what a healthy period looks like, symptoms of HA and PCOS (and how sometimes the two can be confused), how low carb diets could lead to a lack of ovulation and why ovulation is SO important for our health as women, an honest conversation about hormonal birth control and how it affects the body, endometriosis, PMS and so much more.

A little about Lara: Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and the period revolutionary—leading the change to better periods. Informed by a strong science background and more than twenty years with patients, Lara is a passionate communicator about women's health and alternatives to hormonal birth control.  Her book Period Repair Manual is a manifesto of natural treatment for better hormones and better periods and provides practical solutions using nutrition, supplements, and natural hormones. Now in its second edition, the book has been an underground sensation and has worked to quietly change the lives of tens of thousands of women.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did

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Chris Sandel on Weight Set Point Theory

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you a guest episode with Chris Sandel, host of Real Health Radio. A few months ago, I came across one of Chris’s podcast episodes on Weight Set Point Theory (which is linked up in the show notes, I highly recommend checking it out for more info) and wanted to have a conversation around this topic.

So, in this episode we dig into Weight Set Point Theory, what it is and some of the science behind it, explaining calories in calories out and how it is not as simple as it is made out to be, the MANY different things that factor into a person's health and weight, embracing diversity, understanding what healthy means to you, and more. We go into several studies, science, and research around these topics, so if you like facts this episode is for you ;)

A little about Chris: Chris Sandel is a UK based nutritionist. He studied at the College of Naturopathic Medicine before setting up his own company, Seven Health, in 2009. He now works with clients all over the world.

Chris’ approach to food and health is non-dogmatic, and he helps his clients to find their own personal best health, whatever that means for each individual. He understands that health isn’t just about the food you eat, and so focuses on a wide range of factors. He has a specific interest in the psychology of eating, improving client’s relationships with food and body image issues.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!


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A solo episode on Sex and Sobriety

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you a solo episode.. A raw part of my sobriety story that I have not yet shared on the pod.

For years I searched outside of myself to feel a certain kind of way. I used alcohol to numb my emotionality because I didn’t know how to feel. I relied on men and other people outside of myself to feel wanted, worthy, enough. I got to a point where I didn’t know what I wanted or who I was anymore.

In this episode I talk about all of those things. I talk about my breaking point in Colorado where I knew I needed to make some kind of change, any kind of change because I felt so unfulfilled, so empty from the booze, from the nights out, from constantly trying to get external validation.

I talk about how using our external world to feel something doesn’t work for the long run. It is such a temporary, unfulfilling way to search for wholeness. Because in the end, we are the only ones that can truly embrace and feel our worth.. It already exists, we just need to lean into it. To feel it. To truly start believing it. No drink or one night stand or external vice will truly bring us those things.

If you are struggling with any of these things, I promise you are not alone and there is another way. I would love to support you <3

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Maddy Moon On Sexual Shame and Stepping Into Our Feminine

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you a guest episode with the lovely Maddy Moon. A few months ago, I came across one of Maddy’s podcast episodes on Sexual Shame. It soo resonated with me and felt we needed to be having more conversations like this.

So, in this episode we dig into why we think women have shame around our sexuality today, how we can begin to speak our truth/honor our intuition rather than always listening to other people's expectations of us, masculine energy vs feminine energy, how we can start supporting our fellow sisters, getting back into our bodies, allowing ourselves to experience pleasure and so much more.

A little about Maddy: Madelyn Moon is an author, podcast host, retreat leader and transformational life coach. She is a guiding force for masculine-minded women who want to stop over-thinking their lives away and live with more trust, intuition and feminine flow.

Driven by perfectionism for years, Maddy found herself always trying to do more, be more and accomplish more-- a dangerous cycle that only led to more distance between her and her dreams, self-love and intuition. Through meditation, embodiment, and the art of slowing down, she healed her heart, embraced her unique feminine essence, and learned to love her tender body; she teaches others across the world to do the same through her podcast Mind Body Musings, website MaddyMoon.com and ongoing retreats.

This is an honest conversation between two women about the change we hope to continue seeing. My hope is it will spark even more conversations and we can keep building sisterhood between all women. Please go check out Maddy and her work, she is truly a beautiful soul.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

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Part Two On How to Stop Feeling Guilty Around Food

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you a bonus solo episode. I wanted to use this space to break down a workbook I recently created about ending our guilt around food.

The binge restrict mentality was my cycle for years and it was the secret I kept from the rest of the world. Everyone thought I was “the healthy one..” so that is the identity I chose to live out day after day. I always felt like a fraud. I felt trapped in a body I didn’t know or want. I so desperately wanted to feel free, to escape from the constant guilt. The constant chatter of you’re not doing enough. And I know I am not alone in this.

So, in todays episode I dive into part two of this series to uncover the layers, help understand where the guilt is coming from, and ultimately show how we can start moving forward from a place of love instead. The content goes hand in hand with a workbook I recently created (you can get that link on my website or in the show notes) I encourage you to follow along.

Let me know if you have thoughts, feedback, questions, and if you are following along. I hope you enjoy this episode!

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Part 1 On How to Stop Feeling Guilty Around Food

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you a solo episode. I wanted to use this space to break down a workbook I recently created about ending our guilt around food.

The binge restrict mentality was my cycle for years and it was the secret I kept from the rest of the world. Everyone thought I was “the healthy one..” so that is the identity I chose to live out day after day. I always felt like a fraud. I felt trapped in a body I didn’t know or want. I so desperately wanted to feel free, to escape from the constant guilt. The constant chatter of you’re not doing enough. And I know I am not alone in this.

So, in todays episode, I go through the layers to help understand where the guilt is coming from and ultimately how to start moving forward from a place of love instead. The content goes hand in hand with a workbook I recently created (you can get that link on my website or in the show notes) I encourage you to follow along.

PLEASE let me know if you have thoughts, feedback, questions, and if you are following along. I hope you enjoy this episode.

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Andrea Owen on Perfectionism, Numbing, and Feeling our Feelings

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you another guest episode and you guys, this interview had me fan-girling. Andrea Owen (@yourkickasslife) and her podcast Your KickAss Life Podcast has inspired so much powerful change in my own life and it was a true honor to have the opportunity to bring it full circle and invite her to be a part of my podcast.

In this episode we dig into all things perfectionism, expectations, certainty/control, values work, core beliefs (again because i love digging into them so much), what it looks like to process our emotions rather than numbing them, the different common numbing mechanisms that most of us use in order to avoid feeling, getting comfortable with discomfort and more.

A little about Andrea: Andrea Owen is an author, mentor, and professional certified life coach who helps high-achieving women let go of perfectionism, control, and isolation and choosing courage and confidence instead. She has helped thousands of women manage their inner-critic to create loving connections and live their most kick-ass life.She is the proud author of How To Stop Feeling Like Shit: 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back From Happiness (Seal Press/Hachette Books) which has been translated into 16 languages, as well as her inaugural book, 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve, (Adams Media/Simon & Schuster). When she’s not juggling her full coaching practice or hosting retreats, Andrea is busy competing in triathlons, chasing her 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter or making out with her husband, Jason. She is also a retired roller derby player having skated under the name “Veronica Vain”

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as i did!

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Amy Smith on People Pleasing and Speaking Your Truth

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you another guest episode! This time with Amy Smith (@thejoyjunkie) to talk all things people pleasing and speaking your truth.

In this episode we dig into (you guessed it) people pleasing and what it means, core beliefs and how to shift our worthiness wounds, how to stop playing the when/then game, taking action towards our goals in a healthy way, acceptance and what that means, how to not place worth in the external or in our results, allowing the space to just feel rather than avoiding our emotions, taking emotional responsibility, and more.

A little about Amy: Amy E. Smith is a certified confidence coach, masterful speaker, and personal empowerment expert. Founder of TheJoyJunkie.com, Amy uses her roles as coach, writer, podcaster, and speaker to move individuals to a place of radical personal empowerment and self-love. With acute focus on helping people “find their voice”, she is highly sought after for her uncommon style of irreverence, wisdom, and humor and has been a featured expert on Fox 5 San Diego and YourTango.com.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

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A solo episode on Accepting our Humanness and The Core of Diet Culture.

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you a solo episode. I wanted to use this space to discuss something that has been coming up in a lot of my conversations, both with clients and with friends.

I dig into judgement of ourselves, of others, and why we are the way we are. Why sometimes it is hard to express ourselves fully, to be truly authentic, and to choose the path that feels right to us. I talk about how society has shaped us to suppress our emotions and hustle for our worth. Why we seek and turn to external behaviors to fix something within us, to make us feel a certain way. And ultimately how diet culture plays a role in this and how it goes so much deeper than food, exercise, and the way our external bodies look.

I hope you enjoy this episode.

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Jessica Rothley on PCOS, Hormones, and Diet Culture

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you another guest episode! I am so excited Jess Rothley (@whollyhealed) wanted to sit down with me for a second time to talk about all things Hormones, PCOS, and diet culture.

In this episode we dig into PCOS (and the two different types), Estrogen Set Point (how each body has a different one and why it relates to how we are fueling ourselves), lowering stress (and how your body might not see exercise as a stress relief in the same way you do), why we should stop shaming our cravings (and why they are important), symptoms of underfueling yourself, what qualifies as a diet, how losing weight and restricting calories can actually harm our health, and more.

A little about Jess: Jess is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach who specializes in Functional Endocrinology. She is passionate about empowering women in their health journeys in a way that is size inclusive and diet culture exclusive. You can catch her discussing the taboo topics of women's health, body image, and society in her signature series #WHTabooTuesday on Instagram or posting pictures of her dog Kevin.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as i did!

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Sanni Mccandless on Fear, Decision Making, and Creating the Life You Want To Be Living

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you another guest episode! I am honored to have had the chance to sit down with life and transition coach @sannimccandless to talk about fear, decision making, and creating the life you want to be living.

In this episode we dig into why waiting until you’re fearless never will actually come, what it means to create a relationship with the fear, how to start identifying what is working and what isn’t working in your life, the scarcity VS abundance mindset, how to set boundaries, decision making to help you feel more aligned with what lights you up on this earth, JOMO (JOY of missing out) rather than FOMO (FEAR of missing out), and so much more.

A little about Sanni: Sanni McCandless has built a career around the intersection of life design and the outdoors. She works primarily as a transition coach, helping outdoor-focused individuals create meaningful change and navigate the doubts and concerns that constantly get in the way of feeling fulfilled. Sanni challenges clients to communicate more honestly with those around them and achieve goals that have been on the back burner for too long. Sanni is also the cofounder of Outwild, a community and annual festival which aims to provide people with the space and tools they need to create more outdoor and value-driven lifestyles. Sanni currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada where she enjoys year-round rock climbing and endless desert views.

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Sarah Romero “Fitness Made Me Infertile”

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you another guest episode. I am so excited to share my conversation with Sarah (@kiwiandcarrot) and for you all to hear her story on her recovery from HA.

In this episode Sarah talks about her fitness journey, how she thought she was doing everything right from a health standpoint. She was exercising 5-6 times a week, eating 1600-1800 calories a day, eating foods that were “clean,” and was in the normal BMI range. From the outside, everything looked great.

When Sarah went off birth control to begin her family, she discovered her body wasn’t having a natural period and was eventually diagnosed with HA. We dive into her story, what she did to get her period back and how she has redefined health for herself today. We talk about redefining identities, working through the process of gaining weight, and reestablishing trust within ourselves and with our bodies.. Because our bodies are so much smarter than we give them credit for.

A little about Sarah: Sarah Romero is a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. After recovering from hypothalamic amenorrhea and years of exercise addiction and disordered eating, she is now a strong advocate for body positivity and the anti-diet movement. She works with her mom as a food and wellness blogger for their blog, Kiwi and Carrot, as well as a contract photographer and videographer. Her and her husband just built a home together nestled up Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy, Utah. Sarah adores traveling with her husband and loves to spend her time outside whenever she can, rock-climbing, canyoneering, hiking and trail running.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

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Naomi on Binge Eating and Dropping out of Diet Culture

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you my FIRST guest episode of season 2.. an amazing interview/conversation with Naomi (@dietculturesucks).

On this episode we dig into how Naomi got to a place of body acceptance and out of the diet culture mentality. Why she doesn’t think we need to love our bodies all of the time to recover. How much time/brainspace diet culture steals from us. Self care and how we can expand the definition. How binge eating/emotional eating is demonized in diet culture and how we can start removing the shame around eating. How to be curious about our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings rather than judging them. Thin privilege, fat phobia and so much more.

A little about Naomi: Naomi is a former marathoner and diet culture dropout who chronicles her experiences with eating disorders, exercise addiction, dieting, and binge eating on her insta blog @dietculturesucks. She is passionate about body positivity and Health At Every Size. She writes to share the things she wishes she learned as a young girl struggling to recover in a culture that validates disordered behaviors as normal aspects of being a woman.

I hope you enjoy this episode!!

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A Solo Episode on Weight Loss and New Year Resolutions

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SEASON TWO IS FINALLY HERE! I am so excited to be back and to bring you new episodes every week. While I cannot wait to release the conversations I’ve had with my amazing guests I have decided to kick the season off with a solo episode to discuss New Year Resolutions and goal setting, specifically when it comes to health and weight loss.

It is SO common to set goals around our health and losing weight especially around this time of year. And it is also common to find ourselves a few months in feeling like we have failed or have done something wrong when we haven’t reached the goals we have set for ourselves.

In this episode, I not only provide you with tools on how to understand the why behind your resolutions but how to move away from weight loss goals and instead define what the best/highest version of you *feels like* and how to make decisions that align with those feelings.

Health is SO much more than weight loss and the best part is that we get to define what that looks like for us on an individual level. In the end, we get to decide how we want to feel and what works/doesn’t work for us on a day to day, moment by moment basis and we can do it from a place of love.

I hope you enjoy this episode!!

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Season 2 Sneak Peek

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It feels so good to be back and I can’t wait to share this season with you all. On this sneak peek bonus episode I go into:

  1. My reason for my tag line change : Why I decided to switch “Because there is a more freeing way to be fit” to “Because we all deserve to feel at home in our bodies”

  2. Why I want to create a new conversation around the New Year (instead of focusing on losing weight, hopping on a new meal/exercise plan, or giving into the pressures of diet culture), what that means, and how you can jump on board.

  3. Who you can expect to hear from this season as well as some of the topics we dig into (and a quick preview of some of my favorite lines from my conversations with these amazing guests)

If you want to follow along, you can use the hashtag #movewithradiance and tag me (@stephaniedankelson) so I can support you on your journey! I have also created a private Facebook page for anyone who is interested in extra support around the New Year and in changing the relationship they have with their bodies/exercise/food. Request to join here.

Please feel free to share this episode with friends, family, or anyone who you think might need a different message this holiday season. Let’s start changing the conversation around the New Years and learn how to come home to our bodies.

Expect the official season to launch January 3rd and I cannot wait to have you all along for the ride!

Final Episode of Season 1

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So this is the final episode of Season 1!! I want to say THANK YOU for all of your love and support and for showing up week after week, I seriously can’t do this without you.

Doing this podcast has taught me SO MUCH and from these lessons, I have decided to make some small tweaks on my end to help bring you the best, most helpful content every week. So if you have guest or episode suggestions I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! (Send me an email at hello@stephanie-dankelson.com)

Season 2 will be released early next year.. make sure you are subscribed to Move With Radiance in order to be notified of updates and the launch. I am also active on the gram so come hang out with me :)

Again, THANK YOU for being on this ride with me, I so appreciate you all.

We will all chat very soon.

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A Solo Episode on Recognizing and Changing Our Core Beliefs

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you a solo episode to discuss something that has been on my heart lately, core beliefs.

So often, we put all of our effort and focus on changing our behaviors to achieve a desired result: we switch up our workout routines or our diets or incorporate a ridgid morning routine all with a specific outcome in mind, a specific feeling we want to achieve. But how many of us find ourselves in the same position time after time asking why we haven’t moved forward or why we have taken steps back.

What many of us don’t know is that we all carry around these deep rooted beliefs about ourselves, and whether we realize it or not they are dictating every single action we take in this life. They are either holding us back or propelling us closer to the highest versions of ourselves. Until we do the deep internal work and open our eyes to those beliefs, we will never fully change our actions and therefore our results in this life.

In this episode I dig into all of that, how to recognize your core beliefs and how to start changing the ones that do not align with who you are/who you want to be. Because once we shift the beliefs that hold us back the actions and therefore the results we desire will follow.

I so hope you enjoy this episode

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Jess and BJ Gumkowski On Going Inward

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This week on the podcast I am bringing you an interview with two incredible people, Jess and BJ.

I LOVE conversations like this one.. I went in prepared with some questions and didn’t hit on any of them because the flow and natural convo was everything my heart wanted to dig into. We touched on topics that are so resonate with the learnings I am leaning into right now in my @hungryforhappiness certification program like actually feeling and leaning into our emotions (and getting out of our own way when doing so), Scarcity vs Abundance mindsets, how our beliefs, thoughts, and feelings affect our actions and therefore results in life, setting an intention and energetically aligning our choices with that intention, how our triggers are a vehicle for our healing, white light paint suits and more. Folks, this is a must listen.

A little about Jess and BJ:

YogiTriathlete is the lifestyle, wellness and coaching team of Jess and BJ Gumkowski. It is centered around their passion for sharing a recipe of vibrancy that has transformed the way they approach everything in their life. It’s a recipe that takes the work out of life and gives entry to the coveted flow state. Jess and BJ refer to this process as tapping into the inner badass.

Jess is a 500-hr Live Love Teach trained yoga and meditation instructor, board-certified massage therapist, 4x Ironman triathlete, 2x 50k ultrarunner, Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, writer, speaker and podcast host. She credits mindfulness practices and high vibrational eating with creating significant and meaningful changes in her health, career, and relationships; and holds both essential to peak performance in sport and life.

BJ is a 13x Ironman triathlete, Ironman 70.3 World Championship and Boston Marathon qualifier, personal trainer, triathlon and running coach and a 200-hr Live Love Teach trained yoga instructor. He is a wellness advocate and is certified in Plant-Based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. His zeal for life is infectious as is his passion for serving those around him in achieving their greatest dreams.

I hope you enjoy this episode!!

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