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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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Mar 27, 2017

When Emily and her daughter caught a nasty virus, her regular self-care practices fell to the wayside. Yoga and meditation were seen as expendable, and healthy eating was just too exhausting to even contemplate. Problem is, those were the very practices that were keeping her feeling more balanced and healthy.

Once the dust settled and the sickness lifted, Betsy began to ask questions around what Emily was doing to take care of herself and her daughter, and what, if anything, she was doing to get better.

Of course, those questions prompted further discussions and a whole lot of self-reflection. AND, it prompted us to want to talk more about the in's and out's of self-care, particularly when something like an illness or surgery comes in and throws everything off track.

What about you?

What do you have in place in your own life to support you and help you feel better? How does being sick (or tired, or in recovery mode) change how you take care of yourself? Also, are there things you've wanted to try but have either been afraid of it or pushed it off to the side?  

 

Topics Discussed:

  • General feelings around self-care
  • Is self-care selfish?
  • Taking care of our bodies
  • The mental side of self-care
  • Introversion, extroversion, and the power of being alone
  • Creativity and play
  • When things throw a wrench in our self-care routines
  • Recovering from illness or trauma
  • Intuition and self-care

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Mar 22, 2017

Inspired by their interview with Simon Huntley of Small Farm Central (Episode #13), Betsy + Emily talk about small things you can do right now to add more locally grown foods into your life. 

Mar 20, 2017

How do you feel about the food you put into your mouth? Does it conjure up images of the farmers who grew it or the region in which it came from, or are you more interested in the convenience factor of eating something as quickly as you can? Neither choice is inherently right or wrong, nor are they mutually exclusive.

Community Support Agriculture, or CSA's, can help change your relationship with the food you consume. It can be cost-effective and also help save time when it comes to the dreaded question of "what do we have to eat?!" CSA's can also help the people growing it by giving them more stability and security in a time when small and medium-sized farms are facing extreme difficulty in sustaining themselves.

In today's episode, we talk with Small Farm Central's Simon Huntley about his involvement in the local farming scene, how he marries his passion for local farming and technology, as well as the benefits of participating in CSA programs for the farmers and the eaters.

What about you?

Are you a fan of CSA's? If not, is sourcing foods from local farms, butchers, and growers an important part of your meal plan?   

Topics Discussed:

  • Setting the stage for Episode #13
  • Simon Huntley's background and history with farming and technology
  • How Simon first learned about CSA's
  • Limitations when it comes to CSA boxes
  • Importance of education when it comes to CSA programs
  • The evolution of CSA's
  • Balancing convenience with supporting local farmers
  • Building meaning into our food
  • Working together in the local food system
  • How CSA's support farmers and create stability for farmers
  • The cost associated with growing food
  • How Simon supports farmers through Small Farm Central
  • Current projects for Simon and Small Farm Central
  • The reasons why CSA growth has slowed down
  • Simon's personal food philosophy
  • Substitution style cooking versus strict adherence to recipes
  • How to get more involved in the local food movement

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Mar 13, 2017

Podcasting has been an amazing tool for self-discovery and growth. It's also been a surprising source of accountability and reflection. We've deepened our friendship — taking it from a surface level knowing of each other to a deep and nurturing relationship. And we've created a safe space to explore the topics that we're interested in.

But, most surprisingly, podcasting has also been a huge catalyst for creating change in our lives. It's created a mirror for us to witness how far we've come and how far we still have to go. It has shined a light on areas of our lives that need a bit more work. And it has given us the ability to take pause and really embrace the journey.

In today's episode, we talk about what that journey has been like for us, how public accountability has motivated us to take sustained action, and the things we've changed up in our lives as a result.

What about you?

Has this podcast been a catalyst for change in your life? What aspects of your life have you felt compelled to take a closer look at?

Topics Discussed:

  • The power of accountability
  • Realizing we're in the driver's seat of our lives
  • An update on our daily routines
  • The power of a daily yoga practice
  • Meditation
  • Goal setting
  • The doors podcasting has opened
  • How positive relationships can inspire change
  • Putting ideas and experiences into words
  • Extending generosity and kindness inward
  • The power of being in it and hearing it
  • Open minded curiosity
  • Integration and exploration of the whole self

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Mar 6, 2017

Heather Crosby, the creative mind behind Yum Universe, came to a major crossroads in her twenties. She was diagnosed with a chronic health condition that would require medication for the rest of her life. She could follow her doctor's orders and take a medication that had a 4-8% chance of fixing the problem, or she could listen to a voice deep inside that was screaming at her to make a change.

Heather decided to listen to that voice deep within and take her health into her own hands. She began to change what she was putting into her body and focused on getting more vegetables into her diet. Slowly but surely, she began to feel better and, after consulting with doctors again, saw that the changes she was making had a direct impact on her health. She learned how to tune in and decipher the clues that her body was giving her.

Somewhere along the way, she decided to share what she was learning and started a blog. Her mission was simple: to prove that healthy, plant-powered eating could be delicious and comforting. Intrigued?

Tune in to today's episode where we dive deep into Heather's transformative health journey, the impetus for starting Yum Universe, what she's cooking up next, and how she continues to take care of herself now that she's got her diet under control.  

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Heather's health journey
  • How Yum Universe got started
  • The evolution of Heather's diet
  • The power of baby steps when making changes
  • The connection between health and stress
  • Trusting intuition when it comes to finding key to own health
  • Power of community when it comes to making major dietary changes
  • Focusing on the HOW
  • Having fun with your food
  • Gluten sensitivities and how they show up
  • Locking in on circadian rhythms to improve health
  • Systems and tools for staying balanced and maintaining health
  • Sleep rituals
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • The launch of Heather's Gluten Free Baking Academy and Cookbook #2
  • What nourishment means to Heather

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