52b – Tia-Clair Toomey on realizing her CrossFit and Olympic dreams and finding confidence

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“It was still so hard to admit that I wanted to win, because I was scared of failure. I was so scared to say I want to win the CrossFit Games and I don’t do it. It’s just a horrible feeling. It makes you very vulnerable.” – Tia-Clair Toomey

At 23 years of age, Tia-Clair Toomey (Tia) is quite the accomplished athlete. Hailing from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, Tia burst on the CrossFit Games scene earning the title of 2nd Fittest Woman on Earth in both 2015 and 2016. She also quickly established herself as one of Australia’s best Olympic Weightlifters, earning the country’s only female weightlifting spot to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. This also makes her the only athlete to compete in both the CrossFit Games and the Olympics in the same year. She currently resides in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia where she owns and runs CrossFit Gladstone alongside her coach and fiancé, Shane Orr. We caught up recently at Chris Hinshaw’s annual training camp in Cookeville, TN to discuss her background and the whirlwind that has been the past few years of her life.

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In Cookeville, TN

In Part B of this episode, we discuss:

  • Training and qualifying for both the 2016 CrossFit Games the 2016 Rio Olympics
  • Losing her grandfather just before her engagement and qualifying for the Rio Olympics
  • The difference in her reaction to placing 2nd in 2015 and placing 2nd in 2016 at the CrossFit Games
  • Learning about herself through competition
  • Her plans for the 2017 CrossFit Games season
  • Future Olympic Weightlifting plans including the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Three things Tia does on a regular basis that have the biggest impact on her health
  • One thing Tia struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Tia at her website, on InstagramTwitterFacebook and at her affiliate CrossFit Gladstone.

Links:

Related Episodes:

50 – A Healthy Life

48 – Jen Widerstrom: Health, Habits and Why You Are Enough

28 – James Hobart on Teaching, Competing, and the Real Purpose of CrossFit

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 #PursuingHealth. 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.

Question: When has a fear of failure held you back in your own life? Has there been a time when allowing yourself to be vulnerable has paid off for you?


52a – Tia-Clair Toomey on realizing her CrossFit and Olympic dreams and finding confidence

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“If it wasn’t for CrossFit I would have never picked up on the weight training. At the time I thought, why not do both? What if one thing doesn’t work out? I would have another thing to fall back on. If it wasn’t for weightlifting I would have never gotten to Regionals or performed what I needed to in the [CrossFit Games] Open.” – Tia-Clair Toomey

At 23 years of age, Tia-Clair Toomey (Tia) is quite the accomplished athlete. Hailing from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, Tia burst on the CrossFit Games scene earning the title of 2nd Fittest Woman on Earth in both 2015 and 2016. She also quickly established herself as one of Australia’s best Olympic Weightlifters, earning the country’s only female weightlifting spot to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. This also makes her the only athlete to compete in both the CrossFit Games and the Olympics in the same year. She currently resides in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia where she owns and runs CrossFit Gladstone alongside her coach and fiancé, Shane Orr. We caught up recently at Chris Hinshaw’s annual training camp in Cookeville, TN to discuss her background and the whirlwind that has been the past few years of her life.

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Recording with Tia in Cookeville, TN

In Part A of this episode, we discuss:

  • Tia’s background growing up on a sugar cane farm
  • Participating in sports including running, swimming, and netball in her youth
  • Her passion for competing in the Olympics from a young age
  • The beginning of her motivation and study to become a midwife
  • Letting go of her Olympic Track and Field dreams
  • Moving with her boyfriend Shane to a new city where she would eventually find CrossFit
  • Her rocky start with CrossFit and using it to train for running again
  • Being asked to join her gym’s team for a local competition and igniting her desire to compete
  • Competing in her first CrossFit Games Open in 2013 shortly after starting CrossFit
  • Her first experience competing as an individual at the 2014 CrossFit Games Regionals
  • Finding an Olympic Weightlifting coach and setting the goal of competing in both the CrossFit Games and the Rio Olympics in 2016
  • Spectating at the 2014 CrossFit Games
  • Qualifying for and competing in the 2015 CrossFit Games where she placed 2nd in her rookie year

You can follow Tia at her website, on InstagramTwitterFacebook and at her affiliate CrossFit Gladstone.

Links:

Related Episodes:

01 – Rich Froning on Competition, Shifting Priorities and Discovering His Purpose

06 – 2015 CrossFit Games Demo Team – Christy Adkins, Jennifer Smith, and Talayna Fortunato

14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on Moving Forward, Engineering and Body Image

47 – Coffee Talk with Katrin, Jen and Kelley at the Reebok Athlete Summit

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 #PursuingHealth. 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.

Question: When did you set a goal for yourself that seemed just out of reach? How did you get there?


51 – Dick Costolo on Taking Risks and Finding Fitness

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“Every time in my life, every time I have taken a risk – a big risk that wouldn’t make any sense for what you would do if you wanted to go and be the CEO of a big company –  every time I had done that, it paid off. It ended up being immensely helpful.” – Dick Costolo

Dick is currently the CEO of Chorus, a digital platform that is coming soon to re-imagine the path to personal fitness. He served previously as CEO of Twitter from 2010-2015, during which time the company grew from roughly 300 to 4,000 employees and revenue grew from nothing to $2B per year. Before his time at Twitter, Dick was CEO of FeedBurner which sold to Google in June of 2007. He was also an advisor on Season 3 of HBO’s Silicon Valley. Today, Dick lives with his family in Marin, California. We caught up for a quick workout at CrossFit Marin before sitting down to record this podcast.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Growing up in Michigan
  • His decision to pursue stand-up comedy after completing his undergraduate degree in Computer Science.
  • Dick’s exercise background from couch to the Chicago Marathon and finally discovering CrossFit
  • Introducing CrossFit to employees at Twitter
  • How the resiliency and camaraderie of CrossFit translates to the corporate world
  • Dick’s 2013 commencement speech at the University of Michigan
  • His decision to leave Twitter and spend more time with his daughter and family
  • What led him to start his current company, Chorus
  • Digital fitness platforms and accountability
  • How his day-to-day life has changed going from the corporate to start-up
  • Dick’s daily schedule
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Three things Dick 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 Dick’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Dick at chorus.fitInstagram and Twitter.

Links:

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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.

QUESTION: What is one risk you’ve taken that has paid off in unexpected ways in your own life? Let me know in the comments below!


50 – A Healthy Life

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Well here we are – I can’t believe we’ve already made it to the 50th episode of Pursuing Health! First of all, I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of you for listening. We are only getting started, and I can’t wait to see how the podcast evolves over the next 50 episodes.

To celebrate, I’ve put together a compilation of some of my favorite answers to the last question I typically ask my guests on the podcast, which is “What does a healthy life look like to you?”

We’ve heard such a wide range of amazing answers to this question and I unfortunately could only share a few of them here. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy listening and thinking about your own answer to this question.

On this episode, we’ll feature answers to this question from a number of Pursuing Health guests including:

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.

QUESTION: What does a healthy life look like to YOU? Let me know in the comments below.


49 – Ben Smith on why he trains and the evolution of The CrossFit Games

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“I go into the gym and now I have a group of people that I train with. I have my brothers, I have my family, I have this community around me. That’s what it is really all about. You have to enjoy it, you have to be a good person, you have to take care of people around you, and treat people well.” – Ben Smith

Ben was an avid baseball player growing up and was introduced to CrossFit during his senior in High School in 2008. As a self-instructed athlete, he has had eight appearances at the CrossFit Games, finishing on the podium four times and finally winning the title of “Fittest Man on Earth” in 2015. Ben Smith has a degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University and is the founder and co-owner of his affiliate CrossFit Krypton where he also serves as lead programmer and coach. His personal philosophy is that through hard work and dedication anything is possible. We sat down at the 2017 Reebok Athlete Summit to catch up on his life and career as a CrossFit Games athlete.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Ben’s background playing sports from his youth through college
  • How he found CrossFit
  • Owning and running his affiliate, CrossFit Krypton
  • The CrossFit Games from 2009 to now
  • What motivates him to train year after year
  • How his training and goals changed after winning the Games in 2015
  • The benefits of playing other sports
  • A typical day in Ben’s life
  • Three things Ben 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 Ben’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Ben at CrossFit Krypton or on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. You can also check out his training program The Ben Smith Blueprint on Beyond The Whiteboard.

Related Episodes: 

01 – Rich Froning on Competition, Shifting Priorities and Discovering His Purpose

05 – Men of the 2015 CrossFit Games Demo Team – Matt Chan, Paul Tremblay, and Zach Forrest

29 – Dave Castro on Applying Lessons Learned as a SEAL, His Daily Routine, and Directing the Reebok CrossFit Games

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

47 – Coffee Talk with Katrin, Jen, and Kelley at the Reebok Athlete Summit

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 #PursuingHealth. 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.


48 – Jen Widerstrom: Health, Habits and Why You Are Enough

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“This is why I love fitness and health. It does not live in the gym. What we do, what we take on mentally in a workout that scares us translates in our lives. It translates in our courage out there.” – Jen Widerstrom

Jen grew up outside of Chicago and competed in gymnastics growing up. She then transitioned to track and field and competed in throws for the University of Kansas. From there, she started fitness modeling and eventually fell in love with training others. She appeared on American Gladiators in 2008 and she has been a trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser since 2015. She’s also been doing CrossFit since 2012 and made appearances on the CrossFit Horsepower Regional team in 2013 and 2014. We caught up for a workout at CrossFit Horsepower while I was in town recently and although this was only the second time I’ve been around Jen in person, she is incredibly down to earth, genuine and easy to get to know as I’m sure you’ll hear in this episode.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Her childhood growing up outside of Chicago, and being a college athlete at the University of Kansas
  • Her introduction into CrossFit
  • Training for health versus training for fitness and competition
  • Losing her identity after college athletics and her path to eventually finding her passion and purpose
  • Why it took her three tries before being hired for The Biggest Loser
  • Why she loves coaching and training others
  • The impetus behind her new book, Diet Right For Your Personality Type
  • How different personality types approach behavior change
  • What Jen and Julie’s personality types are
  • Three things Jen 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 Jen’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her
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        Post-workout at CrossFit Horsepower

You can follow Jen at her website or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or Snapchat at @JenWiderstrom.

Links:

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

33 – Bob Harper on CrossFit, The Biggest Loser, and Prioritizing Health

28 – James Hobart on Teaching, Competing, and the Real Purpose of CrossFit

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.


47 – Coffee Talk with Katrin, Jen, and Kelley at the Reebok Athlete Summit

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Each year, Reebok brings together CrossFit Games athletes at an annual summit. During this time, athletes are introduced to Reebok’s brand campaign, apparel and footwear for the upcoming year. They are able to provide feedback, get to know the Reebok team, and train and spend time with one another in a relaxed environment.

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This year on the final morning in the Bahamas, I sat down to chat with 3 other female CrossFit Games athletes over the sunrise and morning coffee to discuss our experience at the Summit and more in this BONUS episode of Pursuing Health.

  • Katrin Davidsdottir is the 2-time reigning Fittest Woman on Earth, winning the CrossFit Games in both 2015 and 2016. An Iceland native, she currently lives and trains in Natick, MA at CrossFit New England. Follow Katrin this season on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • Jennifer Smith competed with CrossFit Maximus in the CrossFit Games team competition twice before qualifying as an individual in 2013 and 2016. She currently lives in Lexington, KY and works as a trainer at CrossFit Maximus. Follow her this season on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • Kelley Jackson competed as an individual at the CrossFit Games in 2014 and 2015 and represented CrossFit 417 in the team competition in 2016. She lives in St. Louis, MO and is the head coach at CrossFit Gambit. Follow Kelley this season on Instagram, and Facebook.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Reflections on the Reebok Athlete Summit
  • The new Masters division and competition goals
  • Plans after leaving the Summit
  • Thoughts on the CrossFit Games’ move to Madison
  • Their favorite competition moments

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating! I’d love to hear all of 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. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter above so you never miss out on another episode.

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.


46 – Living and training with Type 1 Diabetes with Brendan Snyder

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“You can’t really start making strides forward until you start telling yourself that maybe [having Type 1 Diabetes] makes you stronger, or maybe you wouldn’t be the person you are [without it]. Looking back on 13 years of diabetes, I don’t think I would be physically where I am, or mentally where I am if I wasn’t diagnosed. So, in a weird roundabout way, I appreciate the fact that I got it.” – Brendan Synder

When Brendan was 11 years old, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. From trying to live like a regular teenager, to balancing Type 1 while playing college rugby, and his current pursuit of qualifying for the CrossFit Games regionals, Brendan provides a snapshot into the challenges of daily life and training with Type 1 Diabetes. Brendan received his BSN from Keene State College where he was also the captain of the rugby team. Brendan began his CrossFit journey at Feral Fitness in Saratoga Spring, NY. He currently lives in Memphis, TN where he works as an RN on the medical specialty unit at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and trains at CrossFit Hit and Run.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Defining Type 1 vs. Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • How Brendan was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T2DM) while out of the US on a family vacation
  • His first impressions of the diagnosis and his attempts to maintain a normal life as a teenager
  • Exercising with T1DM through his teen years, college rugby, and current CrossFit training
  • His experience training in a garage gym, affiliates, and the impact of the CrossFit community
  • Moving to Memphis, TN and transitioning to adult life
  • His experience working as a night shift pediatric nurse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
  • Using his personal experience to help patients with T1DM and their families
  • The evolution of Brendan’s approach to nutrition from his teen years, through college, as an adult and now working with a nutrition coach
  • His current training schedule and competitive CrossFit goals
  • Three things Brendan 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 Brendan’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Brendan’s journey and connect with him on Instagram.

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19 – Michelle Mitchell on her experience with exercise and CrossFit for fibromyalgia syndrome

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.

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.


45 – Dan Bailey on Moving West, Training for 2017 and Danny Broflex

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“Having a passion for what you do, and a purpose for what you do. Those two things are probably going to be bigger than anything else in terms of having a healthy life, if we are going to take out the science of things. Really to find what you are passionate about, what your purpose is and going after it.” – Dan Bailey 

Dan Bailey is a 5-time CrossFit Games competitor, never finishing outside the top 10 at the Games, finishing 4th at the 2015 CrossFit Games and 7th at the 2016 California Regionals. Dan has a background as a collegiate sprinter at Ohio University where he obtained degrees in Education and Strength and Conditioning. In this episode I catch up with Dan who most recently moved back to Columbus, Ohio from San Diego, and is currently training for the 2017 CrossFit Games Season.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Leaving San Diego for Ohio and training at Rogue Fitness in Columbus
  • Selling his boat completing the 1,000 mile challenge on his motorcycle
  • Dan’s typical day and current training regimen
  • His approach to nutrition now, and goals for the future
  • The Good Dudes Inc.
  • Danny BroFlex – how it all started and his experience filming season 2
  • Three things Dan 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

You can train with Dan on Beyond the Whiteboard and follow him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating! I’d love to hear all of 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. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter above so you never miss out on another episode.

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.

 


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.

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating! I’d love to hear all of 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. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter above so you never miss out on another episode.
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.

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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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.


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.