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Nourish + Flourish

Nourish + Flourish is a podcast about navigating the often difficult terrain of finding what nourishes you — mind, body, and soul — so that you can flourish. Co-hosts Emily Levenson and Betsy Brockett may have different upbringings and diagnoses, but they do have is a shared interest in health and healing. Emily + Betsy wanted a space to explore all of the nuances surrounding health and wellness and to have deeper conversations about those topics.
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Feb 27, 2017

Today, we're talking about guilty pleasures. You know, the things that we indulge in that may or may not raise an eyebrow from our friends and family. Or, worse still, be deemed UNhealthy.

Why are we talking about this? Because we believe there needs to be some built-in wiggle room for indulgences to reward ourselves in order to remain sane in a life that is centered around health and wellness. Whether it’s a guilty pleasure in the form of a television show, a snack, or merely an act of creativity, they are sources of comfort that we all can turn to when we need to relax.

And while they may not be healthy when consumed in large quantities (ahem french fries, chocolate, and wine slushies), they are the stuff balanced lives are made of when enjoyed in moderation. (Unless we're talking about music, movies, television, and books. In which case, binge to your heart's content.)

We’d love to know!

How do you allow yourself to have some wiggle room on your journey to health and wellness? AND. What are your guilty pleasures — from televisions shows and movies to food and clothing? We want to know them all. 

What we talked about and where to find it:

Television and Movies

Emily:

Betsy:

Music

Emily:

Betsy:

Food + Drink

Emily:

Betsy:

Clothing

Emily:

  • Wearing the same thing every day
  • Flip flops
  • Shoes in general
  • Platforms
  • Platform flip flops (Rocket Dog)

Betsy:

  • Birkenstocks + socks
  • Leg warmers
  • Fanny packs
  • Barefoot
  • Online shopping

Others

Emily:

  • Unicorns
  • Sending love notes – #InCoWriMo
  • Pens
  • Notebooks
  • Chick-lit

Betsy:

  • Stickers
  • Shower or Bath, shaving, and fresh sheets
  • New pen + fresh sheet of paper

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Feb 20, 2017

Meditation can be an incredibly powerful tool. Whether you're looking to reduce stress, feel more focused, or become more in tune with yourself, meditation can support you along the way. The only hitch? You have to create the space for it in your life. In today's episode, we talk about how meditation came into our lives, when we began to take it seriously, and how it has helped to transform our lives (and health). We also talk about the styles we gravitate towards and touch on the ever-present question of "how do you know if you're doing it right?!"

We'd love to know!

Do you meditate? If so, what shape does it take in your life? If not, what would need to happen for you to try it on?   

Topics Discussed:

  • When we first became aware of meditation
  • How we define meditation
  • Using meditation as a tool
  • "Proper" forms of meditating
  • Working through discomfort
  • Harnessing the pause button
  • Trusting the process
  • The power of setting intentions
  • Carving out the time to meditate
  • Meditation can be whatever you need it to be
  • How to know if you're doing it right

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Feb 13, 2017

Our body is with us wherever we go. And yet, we don't always feel comfortable living inside of them.

When we're young, we view our bodies through the lens of exploration. Our bodies allow us to do the things we want to do — moving, playing, jumping, and chasing. As we get older, we begin to notice how our bodies function in relation to the world around us. We also begin to care about how others perceive us.

Somewhere along the way, we begin to hate our bodies and/or feel constrained by them. We abuse our bodies. We nurture our bodies. We put on weight. We lose weight. We change our appearances. We struggle with our health. We heal. We get pregnant. Or we don't (or can't).  

Throughout it all, our body stays with us; a constant companion in our lives.

Today, we're talking about it all. From our very first memories of our bodies, through the ups and downs, and, ultimately, finding peace, acceptance, and even appreciation for this vessel in which we live.

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Going from being a girl to becoming woman
  • When we first became aware of our bodies
  • The pre-teen + teenage years
  • Embracing own beauty and magic
  • Major moments of transformation around body and body images
  • Best version of self comes from the inside out
  • Memories versus pictures
  • The impact of pregnancy and childbirth
  • Learning to love our bodies
  • Fluidity with body and loving self
  • Living with cancer
  • The purpose of struggle
  • Embracing the current reality — good, bad, and ugly
  • Our current practices for nurturing positive body image

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Feb 6, 2017

In today's episode, we ask the question "Can a book really change your life?"

For us, the answer is a resounding yes. Books have played a huge role in our lives and our health. They have helped to shape us and open our minds. And they provide us with a constant source of inspiration and growth.

The episode starts with the role books have played throughout the course of our lives, the connection between reading and writing, as well as the power books have held over our life and health. We end the episode by sharing about the 10 books that collectively changed our lives for the better and why.

We’d love to hear from you!

What books have transformed you in some way? Perhaps a book has helped you to see the world differently, think bigger, change up your diet or other habits, or even move in a totally different direction in your career. Whatever the transformation has been, we want to know what those books are and why!

 

Topics Discussed:

  • The role books played in our lives growing up
  • The kind of books we gravitate towards
  • How reading connects to writing
  • Storytelling and sharing of your truth
  • Our current relationship with books and reading
  • Finding the time to read
  • Books as daily touchstones or rituals
  • Our current favorite genres
  • The books that changed our lives and why

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Other books mentioned:

 

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