44 – 5 Tips for New Year Nutrition and The HealthySelf Reset with BeingBrigid

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In this episode I catch up with Brigid Titgemeier, functional dietitian nutritionist at the Center for Functional Medicine and nutrition blogger at BeingBrigid.com. Brigid received her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio in Dietetics and her master’s of science in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University. She has also contributed to numerous articles in the mainstream media on health and nutrition topics in publications such as the US News and World Report and Huffington Post. Previously, we sat down in episode 22 of Pursuing Health to discuss her personal story and what ignited her passion for helping others achieve optimal health through nutrition. In this episode, we team up to talk about our top 5 tips for nutrition success that will last well into the New Year. We also talk about our HealthySelf Reset, a free 4-week nutrition program that starts January 16th and includes whole foods recipes that are gluten, dairy, and added sugar free as well as shopping lists, meal plans, and workouts to help you start 2017 on the right foot.

In this episode, we discuss our top 5 tips for nutrition success:

  1. Have fun! Instead of thinking about what you can’t eat, focus on trying new foods and recipes.
  2. Eat fiber-rich, nutrient-dense foods. Aim for lots of color and variety by incorporating plenty of vegetables and fruits.
  3. Set yourself up for success. Plan ahead with weekly meal prep, and surround yourself with like-minded people.
  4. Eat mindfully. Sit down and put away those cell phones and computers when you eat!
  5. Avoid added and artificial sugars. Beware, they can be sneaky!

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Additionally, we talk about how the HealthySelf Reset came about and the program we’ve put together that includes:

  • Weekly shopping lists, sample menus and recipes from BeingBrigid.com. Recipes feature nutrient-dense whole foods that are free of added sugar, gluten and dairy
  • Exclusive discount codes to our favorite food companies
  • Access to our private Facebook group
  • Curated resource list for additional exploration
  • A four week workout program for all fitness levels – no equipment needed
  • Access to 28 days of TRAIN with JF for free

You can connect with Brigid on her blog and her social media accounts: Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn.

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If you or someone you know has an inspiring story about using lifestyle to overcome disease, please share by emailing info@juliefoucher.com. I will continue to feature stories like this in the future.
Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

2016’s Most Popular Pursuing Health Podcast Episodes

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As we narrow in on 2017 and a new group of Pursuing Health podcast guests, it’s time to take a look back at 2016’s most popular episodes. Leading the most listened to podcasts of this year are CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman and CrossFit Games Director Dave Castro. Pat Sherwood and James Hobart provide insight from their extensive experience on the CrossFit Seminar Staff as well as with CrossFit Media and CrossFit Games competition, respectively. My first live episode, which was recorded at the 2016 CrossFit Games with Bob Harper, avid CrossFit fan and host of The Biggest Loser, rounds out the top 5 most listened to episodes. If you or someone you know has a unique story of using lifestyle to overcome a health challenge, please send me your information at info@juliefoucher.com and I’ll consider featuring you on an episode in 2017!

 

 

3. Bob Harper on CrossFit, The Biggest Loser, and prioritizing health


43 – Jason Wachob: Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen and Inspiration To Live Your Best Life

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“True health, true success, true happiness, it’s not going to be any books, it’s not going to be any guru. It’s unique to you. Fortunately or unfortunately you’re the only person who knows what that looks like. At the end of the day, you’re the only one that knows. The answers are within.” – 
Jason Wachob

Jason Wachob is the Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen and the author of WELLTH: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume. mindbodygreen is the leading independent media brand dedicated to wellness with 10 million unique monthly visitors. By highlighting the mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and environmental pillars of wellness, mindbodygreen seeks to achieve the best life for all of us, one person at a time. Jason received his BA in history from Columbia University where he played varsity basketball. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Inc., Fast Company, Goop, and Vogue.

I first met Jason at mindbodygreen’s annual Revitalize Summit, which brought together athletes, actors, physicians, and influencers who are united by a passion wellness, and I was inspired to talk with him further about his personal journey and perspective.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Jason’s upbringing, undergraduate experience at Columbia playing basketball, and his first occupations on Wall Street
  • The beginning of his career as an entrepreneur in the holistic food industry
  • How flying, stress, and an old basketball injury led to a back issue and the need for surgery.
  • His perspective on yoga, sleep, stress, nutrition, environment and the power of wellness.
  • Redefining success
  • How MindBodyGreen came to be
  • Eastern vs. Western Medicine
  • Different approaches to nutrition and health
  • Balance in health and wellness
  • MindBodyGreen and the Revitalize Summit
  • His experience watching his father in law start CrossFit at age 70
  • Three things Jason does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Jason’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can learn more about Jason at mindbodygreen.com or by following him on Twitter and Instagram.

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


TRAIN On The Go This Holiday Season

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As we near the height of the holiday season and the stresses of travel or juggling extra obligations, it is all too easy to fall out of our normal workout routines. It’s important to stay active amidst this chaos, and that’s exactly why I partnered with Beyond the Whiteboard to create TRAIN On The Go. One- or two-week programs feature workouts that can be done anywhere with no equipment. Pre-programmed timers keep you on track from warm-up to cool-down and all sessions can be done in less than 30 minutes, leaving with you with time to shower and make the party on time!

To check it out, head to Beyond The Whiteboard and scroll to the bottom of the page under “Athlete Plans.”

Be sure to tag #TRAINOTG so I can share your holiday workout posts.

Cheers to prioritizing our fitness this holiday season!

-Julie


42 – Against All Grain’s Danielle Walker on Advocating, Healing, and Celebrating

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“Is there anything I am eating, or not getting enough of, or deficient in, or something I am eating constantly that might be aggravating [my symptoms]? Every single doctor said no. They said the same three things: diet can’t cause it, diet can’t cure it, diet can’t help it. Like a script they were given.”

In this episode we meet Danielle Walker, blogger and New York Times Best Selling author of the cookbook Against All GrainAfter being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, an autoimmune disease, when she was 22 years old, Danielle suffered for years to balance her symptoms with the side effects of her medications, often landing herself in the hospital. She realized that she needed to take matters into her own hands and started to make some dietary changes including removing grains, lactose, and legumes from her diet. As her symptoms started to improve and she started to wean from some medications, she began a blog to help others who were suffering from similar ailments continue to enjoy food. With her acquired culinary skills, love for food, and an equal love for journalism, she has become a source of hope for others suffering from all types of diseases or allergies. Danielle has become an inspiration and much-appreciated resource not only for her journey in autoimmune disease and perseverance in shifting the medical system’s method of approaching patients, but for her delicious and creative recipes as well. I had been following Danielle for some time before we finally met at the MindBodyGreen Revitalize 2016 summit where she shared some of her story. She was incredibly genuine and willing to share details of her life that most people would like to keep private, because she’s seen how sharing her own struggles can help others who are suffering. In this episode we discuss some of those struggles and how she has overcome them as well as her new holiday cookbook, Celebrations. 

 

In This Episode We Discuss:

  • Danielle’s ulcerative colitis diagnosis and the balance of medical treatment and advocating for herself to make dietary changes
  • The breaking point when she decided to fully commit to a grain-free life and the beginning of Against All Grain
  • The story of her daughter Aila who was born with a lethal genetic condition and how sharing this experience has helped Danielle to heal and positively impact others
  • Her approach to “living in fear or living in faith”
  • How we can all be our own advocates for our health and work with physicians as the experts of our own bodies
  • Three things Danielle does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Danielle
  • Her new holiday cookbook Celebrations and approaching holiday food and traditions with dietary restrictions

You can learn more about Danielle by following her on her blog Against All Grain, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Pinterest.

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


41 – Graham and Savanna Holmberg: From Fittest Man, to Faith and Family

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Graham Holmberg, 2010 Fittest Man on Earth and six-time CrossFit Games athlete, along with his wife Savanna have built a positive, healthy and faithful community at their affiliate CrossFit Hilliard – Eleventh Element in Ohio. While owning and coaching at their affiliate, they’ve also navigated the delicate balance of competitive training for him, nutrition coaching and training while pregnant for her, and raising two children with one more on the way.

The mission of their affiliate is “To positively impact the lives of as many people as possible and use CrossFit as a platform.” By coupling CrossFit’s 10 general physical skills with spirituality – what Graham and Savanna have termed the ‘eleventh element – the Holmberg’s continue to build a community strong in body and mind. I sat down with Graham and Savanna after visiting their affiliate for an International Justice Mission – Reps for Rescue fundraiser to talk about how their lives have evolved over the past 6 years, the evolution of their affiliate, and how they balance their many roles.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How we all first met in 2010 and a typical day for the Homberg Family now
  • The balance of competitive training, coaching and owning Eleventh Element
  • The sacrifice and necessary to stay competitive as the CrossFit Games catapults to a new level
  • Finding the balance of family, career and training
  • Opening Eleventh Element and living the “Have Faith then Hustle” lifestyle
  • Nutrition and nutritional coaching
  • Doing CrossFit through pregnancy
  • Three things they do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to them

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.


40 – CrossFit to prepare for and recover from total knee replacements with David Mendenhall

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“CrossFit didn’t break me – it made me stronger and more resilient. Other sports broke me down. CrossFit continues to make me more ‘bulletproof’ for life and its challenges – my challenges. It continues to allow for controlled, strenuous activity that builds wicked strong bones and muscles while demanding precise, functional movement. My new knees thrive on that. And that means I get to do things like hike mountains, tele-ski, snowboard, and, of course, do more CrossFit.” – David Mendenhall

This week we learn about David Mendenhall, a 47 year old husband, father, middle-school teacher and relatively recent, but rabid, CrossFit convert. A lifelong downhill skier and outdoor enthusiast, his adult training and fitness exploits prior to finding CrossFit in 2013 involved years dedicated to the martial arts, a personal yoga practice, distance running, triathlon competition, and semi-“extreme” cycling stints. After hanging up his cycling helmet in the fall of 2012 for an indefinite hiatus, his wife introduced him to Beau Teal at CrossFit Burlington.

 

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David back in the gym after his second knee replacement

 

I caught up with David to discuss his transition to CrossFit and how he used it to regain functionality after a long battle with arthritis as well as prepare for and recover from two total knee replacements.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His history as an athlete who stayed active in high school varsity sports, his Outward Bound experience that provided the backdrop toward moving out west for college, meeting his wife, staying active through several outdoor activities including skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, cycling and mountain biking, as well as martial arts.
  • His move to Vermont after college, marriage, Master’s Degree in Education, the birth of his children, the beginning of ‘falling out of shape.’
  • How David got into martial arts/Aikido and the beginning of the chronic degradation of his body, including several knee surgeries
  • His pursuit of a long-distance running career and persistent knee issues that followed.
  • David’s transition from running, cycling and triathlons to starting Crossfit as well as his perspective on overall fitness and strength.
  • The benefit of functional movement on his arthritis pain
  • Undergoing two total knee replacements and returning to the gym and as an athlete and coach
  • Three things he does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health.
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health.
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

 


39 – Nutrition challenges and Practical Paleo with Diane Sanfilippo

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Diane Sanfilippo is the owner and founder of Balanced Bites, a certified Nutrition Consultant, and two-time New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo, The 21-Day Sugar Detox and co-author of Mediterranean Paleo Cooking. Diane holds a B.S. from Syracuse University and is certified in holistic nutrition from Bauman College, holistic lifestyle coaching from the CHEK Institute, and Poliquin BioSignature Modulation. She writes for her popular health blog and is co-host of the top-rated weekly health podcast, “The Balanced Bites Podcast.” Diane lives in San Francisco with her husband, Scott, and two fur kids. I first met Diane a couple years ago when we spoke about health and fitness for NBA media professionals at NBA All-Star Weekend. I’ve enjoyed using her Practical Paleo book and was excited to catch up with her more about her background, nutrition challenges, and Paleo for the average CrossFit athlete.

In this episode, we discuss:
  • Her background as an athlete in high school and then struggling to find a healthy lifestyle in college
  • Her personal nutrition journey and how she found Paleo
  • How she got started in CrossFit
  • How her work evolved from a meal delivery company to working with clients one on one to teaching seminars and writing books
  • How the 21-day sugar detox came about and the role for strict nutrition challenges
  • The best first steps we can all take to improving our nutrition
  • Her perspective on counting macros and how to manage quantity
  • Post-workout nutrition for the average CrossFit athlete
  • Three things that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles with that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her
You can follow Diane on her website Balanced Bites, her podcasts, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

38 – Micronutrients and quality supplementation with Oliver Amdrup and Julius Heslet

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Oliver Amdrup and Julius Heslet met in the gym, and it wasn’t long before they realized they both shared a passion for nutrition and specifically, fish oil. Oliver had studied business and followed his passion for fitness by opening CrossFit Denmark in 2008, joining the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff shortly after in 2009, and directing the CrossFit Games European/Meridian Regional from 2011-2015. Julius also studied business and economics and had worked in investment banking since 2005. In 2009, the pair decided to turn their collective passion and vision into reality by co-founding Pure Pharma. Over the past 7 years, Pure Pharma has grown into a global company and today Oliver serves as Chief Executive Officer and Julius as Chief Innovations Officer. Pure Pharma has been one of my personal sponsors since early 2013 and I am consistently impressed by their dedication to helping individuals maximize their health in the most natural way possible and producing the highest-quality, scientifically-proven supplements to help with this when needed. We sat down to talk about their journey at the recent 2016 CrossFit Games. I really enjoyed getting to know both Oliver and Julius better, and I hope you will, too!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How they found CrossFit in 2006/7
  • Oliver’s experience on the CrossFit Seminar Staff and as the European Regional Director
  • How the idea for Pure Pharma originated
  • How they learned to create a high-quality fish oil supplement
  • How their fish oil product and process has evolved over time
  • Third party testing and the value they place in quality and transparency
  • The role of fish oil in the diet
  • The mission, philosophy, and principles of Pure Pharma
  • How they decide what products to create
  • The four cornerstones of Pure Pharma
  • The culture of health they cultivate at Pure Pharma and the impact it has on their employees
  • Their personal approach to nutrition and the importance of variance
  • How to determine what supplements you need
  • The role of multivitamins
  • What to look for when choosing a supplement product
  • Three things they do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to them

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

37 – Steph Hammerman on overcoming obstacles, teaching CrossFit, and crushing cancer

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Steph Hammerman was born 3 months premature and has been defying the odds of what it looks like to live with cerebral palsy ever since. With a background in hand cycling, she started CrossFit in 2012 at CrossFit Hardcore. It wasn’t long before she became the first female adaptive athlete to earn her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate and began coaching at CrossFit Rubicon. I watched Steph compete for the first time at the Crush Games in 2013, and since then she has worked with others including Kevin Ogar to advocate for opportunities for adaptive athletes to compete at large events including the first ever adaptive athlete division at Wodapalooza in 2015. A few months ago, Steph was diagnosed with lymphoma and is currently living at home in New York undergoing chemotherapy treatments. I caught up with Steph to discuss her journey and how her positive outlook and refusal to take “no” for an answer have led her to become such a great example for others, as well as how she continues to adapt and approach her current battle with cancer.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing up with cerebral palsy
  • Her start with CrossFit at CrossFit Hardcore
  • Her first competition in 2013
  • Being a role model
  • How she started coaching and has evolved
  • Strategies she uses to earn the trust of her athletes as a coach
  • Her inspiration for competing and how opportunities for adaptive athletes to compete have evolved
  • The Wheelchair Gang and Wheel WOD
  • Her recent diagnosis of lymphoma
  • How she incorporates training between chemo treatments
  • How CrossFit prepared her to fight cancer
  • What it means to her to have the support of the CrossFit community
  • How she uses the #1MoreRepForTheHammer to stay motivated during her chemo treatments
  • Three things that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles with that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Steph on her blog, FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

36b – Dominique Moceanu on gymnastics, healing, and health

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Dominique Moceanu is the youngest member of the “Magnificent Seven,” the US gymnastics team that made history by winning the first ever team gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA. Dominique was born to Romanian immigrants and showed promise as a gymnast from a very young age. Before the age of 10, her family moved to Houston, TX so that she could train with renowned coaches Béla and Márta Károlyi. Dominique went on to become the youngest ever US Senior National Champion, World individual medalist, and Olympic gold medalist among numerous other achievements throughout her career as an elite gymnast. Despite her success, she nearly missed her opportunity to compete in the 1996 Olympics due to a stress fracture in her leg, and she experienced abuse and instability in her training and home environments throughout her career. She eventually sought emancipation from her parents to recover lost earnings from her career as an elite gymnast, and it wasn’t until her relationship with her now-husband Dr. Mike Canales developed that she started to process the mistreatment she had endured and begin the path to healing. Another surprise came in 2007 with the discovery of her long-lost sister Jen Bricker who was born with no legs and who her father had given up for adoption after her birth. Dominique published her New York Times Bestselling memoir, Off Balance, in 2012 in which she provides details of her life and healing process. Today, she lives in Cleveland with her husband Mike and their two children Carmen and Vincent. She reconciled with her father prior to his passing, and she works to catalyze change in gymnastics so that future generations will experience a training environment that is both safe and healthy.

I first met Dominique at an autograph signing as a young gymnast, but our paths crossed again in 2013 as I was preparing to train for the 2014 CrossFit Games and in search of gymnastics coaching. I worked with Dominique and her husband Mike throughout that season and they became great mentors and friends. I’ve heard various aspects of Dominique’s story from her and read her memoir, and each time I am blown away by the strength and resilience she displayed from such a young age. I couldn’t wait to sit down with her to share some of her story with my Pursuing Health audience, and also to hear her opinion about the recent 2016 Olympics and how gymnastics has evolved over the past 20-plus years.

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Meeting Dominique at an autograph signing as a young gymnast

In Part B of this episode, we discuss:

  • The healing process she went through in her relationship with her husband Mike and in writing her memoir
  • Finding out about her long-lost sister Jen Bricker in 2007
  • Comparing Jen’s childhood experience with her own as they got to know each other
  • Her approach to raising her children and supporting them to achieve their dreams in a healthy way
  • Three things that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles with that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her
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At our wedding in 2015 in Gaylord, MI

You can follow Dominique at her websiteFacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Also check out her New York Times Bestselling memoir Off Balance and her jewelry Creations by C & C.

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #JFHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.
Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

36a – Dominique Moceanu on gymnastics, healing, and health

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Dominique Moceanu is the youngest member of the “Magnificent Seven,” the US gymnastics team that made history by winning the first ever team gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA. Dominique was born to Romanian immigrants and showed promise as a gymnast from a very young age. Before the age of 10, her family moved to Houston, TX so that she could train with renowned coaches Béla and Márta Károlyi. Dominique went on to become the youngest ever US Senior National Champion, World individual medalist, and Olympic gold medalist among numerous other achievements throughout her career as an elite gymnast. Despite her success, she nearly missed her opportunity to compete in the 1996 Olympics due to a stress fracture in her leg, and she experienced abuse and instability in her training and home environments throughout her career. She eventually sought emancipation from her parents to recover lost earnings from her career as an elite gymnast, and it wasn’t until her relationship with her now-husband Dr. Mike Canales developed that she started to process the mistreatment she had endured and begin the path to healing. Another surprise came in 2007 with the discovery of her long-lost sister Jen Bricker who was born with no legs and who her father had given up for adoption after her birth. Dominique published her New York Times Bestselling memoir, Off Balance, in 2012 in which she provides details of her life and healing process. Today, she lives in Cleveland with her husband Mike and their two children Carmen and Vincent. She reconciled with her father prior to his passing, and she works to catalyze change in gymnastics so that future generations will experience a training environment that is both safe and healthy.

I first met Dominique at an autograph signing as a young gymnast, but our paths crossed again in 2013 as I was preparing to train for the 2014 CrossFit Games and in search of gymnastics coaching. I worked with Dominique and her husband Mike throughout that season and they became great mentors and friends. I’ve heard various aspects of Dominique’s story from her and read her memoir, and each time I am blown away by the strength and resilience she displayed from such a young age. I couldn’t wait to sit down with her to share some of her story with my Pursuing Health audience, and also to hear her opinion about the recent 2016 Olympics and how gymnastics has evolved over the past 20-plus years.

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Meeting Dominique at an autograph signing as a young gymnast

In Part A of this episode, we discuss:

  • How we met
  • How Dominique and her husband Mike helped me to prepare for the 2014 CrossFit Games
  • Dominique’s reactions to CrossFit competition
  • Dominque’s introduction to gymnastics at 6 months
  • When she first decided she wanted to become an Olympic champion
  • The importance of having belief and conviction in order to achieve your dreams
  • Her family’s move to Texas in order for her to train with the Karolyi’s at age 9
  • Changes in the USA Gymnastics system from when she was training to today
  • The unstable training environment she experienced as an adolescent and teenager
  • The importance of the coach-athlete relationship
  • How gymnasts’ body types have changed over the years and the culture of restrictive eating in elite gymnastics
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Meeting Dominique and her family at CrossFit Distinction in Beachwood, OH
You can follow Dominique at her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Also check out her New York Times Bestselling memoir Off Balance and her jewelry Creations by C & C.
If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #JFHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.
Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.