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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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May 15, 2017
Patience is a virtue. Or so we've all been told. But how often do we actually sit back and think about the role patience plays in our lives or how we cultivate more of it? If you're anything like us, the answer is probably never. Today's conversation focuses on how patience shows up in our lives, how we react when things are happening in the time frame that we want them to, and also the idea of teaching others to cultivate patience in their own lives.

We want to hear from you!

Are you a patient person or an impatient person? What could you do to practice and/or cultivate patience in your life? What could you do to practice and/or cultivate patience in your life?

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Topics Discussed:

  • Why we chose the topic of patience
  • Teaching and practicing patience
  • When are most patient or tolerant
  • When we've totally lost our shit
  • Slowing down and taking the time to look around
  • Patience and meditation
  • Flexing your patience muscle
  • Slowing down time and how that impacts the way we experience the world
  • Cultivating more patience in our own lives

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[bctt tweet="I am a reformed, extremely impatient-at-heart person." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="Patience in social situations is not a problem for me, but creative patience is." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="With a 3-year-old you have to be patient and tolerant, or you’ll lose your mind." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Patience isn’t this virtuous quality, it’s something we all have to practice." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Sometimes I worry that people think of me as a flake or scattered because I’m not patient enough." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I’m still honing in on where I want the filtered, creative output of myself, and who I am, to land." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I am finding the balance between tiptoeing and not diving straight into the deep end." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="It feels really against my character to sit back and wait." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Watching children grow up, you realize how quickly things happen." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I wish I could be unaware of time. Or maybe channel the way I used to view it as a kid." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="You anchor your days differently as you get older, and that changes the experience of time." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I'm always more patient when I can embody a sense of wonder about the world around me." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Impatience shows up when I’m excited about something." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Maybe patience boils down to savoring the space that you’re in." username="emilylevenson"]
May 10, 2017

Fresh off of a 30-day gratitude challenge, Emily shares with Betsy a few nuggets about what she's learned along the way, including expressing gratitude for things that aren't always positive. 

May 8, 2017
Where in the world have we been?! That's right. What magical places have we traveled to and where do we want to go next? For Emily, traveling began at a young age with family trips to Mexico, Canada, and annual road trips to Florida to visit family. For Betsy, traveling came much later in her life and has been an opportunity to celebrate life and explore the world outside of the home (and town) she grew up in. Now that we're both older (and wiser?), our traveling whims have changed. But one thing is for sure, we both agree on what constitutes a vacation (relaxing, sleeping, eating) versus an actual trip (exploring, itineraries, work).

We want to hear from you!

What's on your bucket list to visit? Where do you have plans to go this summer or year?

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Topics Discussed:

  • How travel has found its way into our lives
  • The places we've been
  • What we've gained from traveling
  • Places on our bucket list to visit before we die
  • To Disney or not to Disney
  • Where we DON'T want to go back

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[bctt tweet="As a kid, I remember traveling and being exposed to a lot of different ideas and cultures." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Travel is an auditory thing for me, hearing all of those different sounds was fascinating." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="When I met my husband and we set into our life and routine, I was craving setting down roots." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I didn't travel at all when I was younger." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="When I got into college, I minored in art history and became fascinated with ancient cities." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I make it a point to go somewhere every year." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="It's been fun to find new places to explore as a family versus just finding something new." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="The best thing about traveling? Getting out of your bubble and being exposed to new things." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Every culture has its positives and negatives, including our own." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Now that I've hit 3 out of 4 corners of this country, it's so different everywhere." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I get really exhausted by travel." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="We only go where can get a direct flight. Otherwise, it's a dealbreaker." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="When we go on vacation, all I want to do is relax, read, eat, and sleep." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="More often than not, I'm looking to disconnect when I travel." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I try to maintain a connection to my goals and values and things I know I need to feel good." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I love trips that are so precious and contained — that you create your own little world." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I'm more interested in exploring places in the U.S. right now." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I'm interested in going back to the places I loved and sharing that with my husband + daughter." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I'm a cruise advocate, but they also really mess me up." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I had a history of motion sickness as a kid. Every trip would end with puking my brains out." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="It's always the actual traveling part that ruins it for me and not where I go." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I don't really travel in the summer because of the mini-farm situation we have going on." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I like to travel in the winter and springtime." username="cured_life"]  

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May 1, 2017

Have you ever wondered if a regular yoga practice could make a difference in your life? Or if all of the hype around this form of movement is for real? We did, too. Until we began to implement the practice in our own lives and saw what was taking shape for ourselves. Whether you're looking to move your body more and get stronger, or you're looking for a more gentle, grounding practice, yoga can give you what you need. From the physical to the emotional to the spiritual, a regular yoga practice has the potential to be and do all of that (and more. In typical N+F fashion, our journeys with yoga have been vastly different but the outcome — both intended and actual — are the same: more balance, more grounding, and a more full and loving relationship with our bodies.

We want to hear from you!

What role does yoga play in your life? Do you have a regular yoga practice? If so, what are your favorite styles and/or resources? Looking to embark on your own yoga journey? What's holding you back?

Topics Discussed:

  • How yoga first came into our lives
  • The mental and emotional side of yoga
  • Doing versus teaching
  • The physical practice as a doorway to deeper knowing
  • Emily's #100daysofyoga challenge — how it went and what she learned
  • Little things build up to something great
  • The styles of yoga that we gravitate towards
  • Yoga as a powerful tool to take care of self
  • The power of yoga to let it go of stuck emotions and beliefs
  • The freedom of cultivating a home practice
  • Listening to your body
  • Not getting what you expect but getting exactly what you need
  • It's called practice for a reason
  • Our favorite and least favorite poses
  • Harnessing the power of breath
  • The importance of slowing down, focusing inward, and listening
  • Finding the styles and tools that will support you along the way

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Apr 24, 2017

The topic of divine feminine energy has been showing up in our lives time and time again, whether it's in the form of intuition, creativity, or operating from a place of flow. It's the impetus behind Emily's deep dive into yoga. And it's the place that Betsy lives her life from on a daily basis. So when we came across Shannon Ledford, host and creatrix of the Honor The Feminine Podcast, we knew we needed to sit down with her and explore this topic more.

Our conversation with Shannon is filled with insights about the divine feminine and sacred masculine energies we all possess, what happens when those energies get out of balance (i.e.—doing versus being, pushing versus trusting, rational thinking versus intuition and creativity), as well as simple things we can all do to embrace more feminine energy in our lives.

We hope you enjoy learning more about Shannon and her perspective around divine feminine (and masculine) energies. Wanting to take a deep dive on all things feminine? Head on over to honorthefeminine.com and the Honor The Feminine Daily Facebook Group.

Topics Discussed:

  • Why we chose to explore this topic of divine feminine energy
  • Shannon's journey and why this topic is so important to her
  • The power of sisterhood
  • The small shifts that have had a big impact
  • Defining what masculine and feminine energy
  • The societal impact of feminine and masculine energy on children
  • What happens when your energy is out of balance
  • The implications of being busy
  • Transcendental meditation and Goddess Cards
  • Negativity and feeling depleted
  • Being able to discern what you really need
  • How motherhood opened up Shannon to feminine energy
  • Exploring the feminine in your own life
  • The invitation to follow your curiosity and explore
  • How to embrace more feminine energy regardless of how you identify
  • What nourishment means to Shannon

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Apr 19, 2017

During our conversation around Self-Care (Ep 14), the idea of sensory deprivation tanks or floating was brought up. Betsy was totally into it, while Emily was completely uncomfortable with the idea. As the conversation proceeded, the two agreed to try it out and scheduled their first float session a day or two later.

Today's bonus episode is all about the float experience — from the sheer panic it induced all the way through to the blissful relaxation that resulted. 

If you want to see our initial reaction to floating (Epsom crusted and all), check out our Facebook Live video: https://www.facebook.com/nourishandflourishpodcast/videos/1901449103425230/

 

To learn more about what floating or sensory deprivation is, or to schedule an appointment in the Pittsburgh area, check out Levity (https://www.floatlevity.com). 

 

 

Apr 17, 2017
Good or bad, stress is something we've ALL felt. So why is it that some people seem to be better at navigating it than others? And why do some people seem to fall apart, when other seem to really shine when going through a similar experience? In today's episode, we're talking about it all. The good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly aspects of stress and how it impacts our lives. We also talk about the things that we've done — as children and adults — to manage its effects. And while we wouldn't call ourselves experts by any stretch, we've definitely had a lot of practice dealing with it. So take a listen as we delve into what stress is, how it shows up, and what we're doing to reduce its effects in our lives and our health.

What about you?

What are your favorite tools for dealing with stress in your life? What role does mindset play for you? Does it make things worse or help to reduce your stress?

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Topics Discussed:

  • When did we become aware of the s-word in our lives?
  • The role fear plays
  • The physical manifestations of being stressed out
  • What we used to do to manage our emotions as kids and adolescents
  • Money, relationships, and living authentically
  • The psychological experience of stress
  • What are we doing to buffer ourselves against, or remove altogether, unwanted stressors
  • The power of mindset in changing how we feel
  • Is there such a thing as good stress?
  • The stress mountain and how to protect yourself from falling over the edge
  • A personalized toolbox for managing strong emotions

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Quotables:

[bctt tweet="Physical symptoms, when it comes to stress, are massive." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Stress comes, for me, when I don’t know how to manage what’s on my plate." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I would argue that all of our stress is self-made. It’s our psychological experience of the world." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="It’s hard to go to sleep at night knowing you’re carrying a lie, or are feeling ashamed." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="If I'm not able to fully nourish myself, that's when I feel stress. " username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="Rationally I would say, 'I can handle anything' and my body would laugh and say, 'no, you can’t.'" username="emilylevenson" [bctt tweet="I try not to let my stress 'spread,' which can compound its effects." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="Awareness around what triggers me has been super helpful. " username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Getting grounded in my purpose lifted a lot of stress from my life." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="Our body doesn’t distinguish between good and bad stress, it just responds to it." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Any kind of transition is going to inherently bring with it stress." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Meditation and yoga are not a one size fits all Band-Aid for everything." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="You are the mountain and everything else is the weather. " username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="Something that helps me in every situation is to focus on the impermanence of it." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="Every moment is so fleeting. That keeps me grounded the most. " username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="Every emotion or situation – good or bad – is not going to last forever, even if it feels like it. " username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="If you can change how you interpret something, you can change how you feel about it." username="emilylevenson"]

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Apr 10, 2017

We've spent a fair amount of time on the podcast talking about food — our personal food philosophies, how our health has been transformed through food, the pros and cons of local food, and even our favorite guilty pleasures. One area we hadn't focused on until today, is where we find and maintain inspiration in the kitchen.

We start the conversation with stories around when we first got comfortable with cooking and being in the kitchen. We then touch on our current habits, from menu planning to food prep in order to get delicious meals on our respective tables. And because no one is immune to food ruts, we also spend a fair amount of time talking about where we find our mojo again.

In typical N+F fashion, we come from completely different backgrounds and eating styles, and yet, we have similar tools and techniques that we draw upon when it comes to food.

What about you?

What are your favorite resources? Where do you find inspiration around food? What gets you excited about being in the kitchen or eating in general? And if you're not super into cooking, what have you been wanting to sample and what gets you excited to try something new?

 

Topics Discussed:

  • How we got comfortable in the kitchen
  • How our eating habits have shifted over the years
  • Menu planning, grocery lists, food shopping and how that works for us
  • Technique and ingredient-based cooking
  • Simplicity when it comes to ingredients and meal prep
  • Handling food slumps and getting bored with cooking
  • Staple recipes and what we cook most often
  • Our favorite resources — cookbooks, blogs, and tools

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Apr 3, 2017

Have you ever used the following words to describe something?

  • I just knew
  • Something told me
  • I get the feeling
  • That feels wrong
  • Something's off
  • Something stopped me
  • I just keep seeing it everywhere
  • I don't know why, but...
  • I have a sneaking suspicion
  • I feel it in my bones
  • I have an inkling

Congratulations! You've accessed your intuition.

Whether you believe it or not, we all have access to this deep sense of knowing. Sometimes it shows up as a curious event (took a different route to work), other times it shows up as a strongly held belief (I will be successful) or seemingly inappropriate feeling (unshakeable worry or anxiety). It can even show up as a repeat message (I've been seeing/hearing that everywhere!).

The key is learning how that deep sense of knowing shows up so we can listen. Which brings us to today's episode. We explore the ins and outs of intuition — how it shows up in our lives, how we define it for ourselves, and even what happens when we straight up ignore it.

So grab a hot cup of something and settle in for an intimate conversation between friends.

What about you?

What does that innate knowing look like for you and how does it show up in your life?  

 

Topics Discussed:

  • The power (and fear) around owning your truth
  • When we were first aware of a deeper sense of knowing in our lives
  • How we officially define intuitiveness
  • The ability to trust the messages we are being given
  • Where intuition is most present in our lives
  • Gut feelings and relationships
  • The weaving road of career and work
  • The things that cloud our intuition or make us ignore it
  • Ways to tap into our inner knowing
  • How intuition shows up for us
  • Sabotage and other ways we prevent ourselves from listening to that inner voice
  • The role intuition plays in our food choices
  • Curiosity and heart-led interests when it comes to innate knowledge
  • Allowing things to unfold versus pushing and doing

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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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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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Jan 30, 2017

When we first came up with the idea for the Nourish + Flourish Podcast, food was top of mind.

The way we eat has been a major catalyst in our own health journeys and is something we are both interested in speaking with others about. In order to lay the groundwork for those future conversations, we thought it was important to share about our own evolution with food. 

We start from the beginning with the context of food in our family of origin and then work our way through stepping out on our own, how diet transformed our health for better or worse, and the kinds of foods we eat today.

While our experiences with food were (and are) vastly different, we have both come to a place of understanding that food is a powerful tool on our journey towards better health and happiness.

We'd love to hear from you!

What has your journey with food been like? How has your eating evolved as you've taken charge of what goes onto your plate and into your mouth? Are you in the process of making any big changes in the way you eat?

You can hit is us up Twitter (@nandfpodcast) or send us an email.

Topics Discussed:

  • What we ate when we were growing up
  • How things changed when we became in charge of our food
  • How being diagnosed with cancer changed Betsy's relationship with food
  • Our evolving relationship with food
  • Betsy's journey to plant-based eating
  • The shift from food being fun and enjoyable to be problematic
  • Emily's journey into vegetarianism
  • Living with food intolerances
  • The normalization of discomfort
  • Struggles inherent in making dietary changes

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Jan 23, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn more about tarot? We certainly did! So we enlisted the help of local card slinger and high-vibe boutique owner, Leslie McAllister of Juju to dive deeper into the topic. Leslie shared the basics of tarot, how she got into it, and how tarot helps people see what they need most.

We'd love to hear from you!

Have you ever dabbled in tarot? If so, what are your favorite decks and resources? And if not, what's stopping you? You can hit is us up Twitter (@nandfpodcast) or send us an email.

Topics Discussed:

  • Leslie McAllister's soul journey
  • Leslie's family lineage with tarot
  • Tarot as spiritual therapy
  • The light and shadow side of tarot
  • The fear factor when it comes to tarot
  • Betsy's experience working with Leslie
  • Leslie's journey reading tarot
  • Leslie's favorite tarot deck
  • Being a messenger and empath versus a clairvoyant or psychic
  • The power of crystals and stones
  • How to choose your first deck
  • Tarot versus oracle decks
  • Upcoming events at Juju

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  Photo credit: Michael Fornataro for WHIRL Magazine

Jan 16, 2017

Optimal sleep, while necessary to thrive, isn’t always easy to achieve. Sometimes it can feel like that elusive unicorn when insomnia, anxiety, or any of the many variables in life get in the way.

In today’s episode, Emily and Betsy talk about their individual challenges and solutions in the endless pursuit of a good night’s rest. From meditation to digital detoxes, ideal bedroom environments and nutrition influences - it’s all a big puzzle.

We’d love to hear what helps or hinders you from getting a good night’s sleep.

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Find the show notes with links to all resources shared and some quotable nuggets at nourishandflourish.us

Jan 9, 2017
It’s January, and that means resolutions and goals are at the top of everyone’s minds. Particularly when it comes to exercise and moving our bodies more. In today’s episode, we're talking about movement, motivation, and benchmarks for success. Through it all, we're both looking to make movement a priority in our lives so that we can take care of our bodies, minds, and overall health. We’d also love to hear from you! What does movement (and exercise) mean to you and what are your benchmarks for success? Do you measure success outside of weight loss or body measurements? If so, how? And what do you to stay motivated when things get difficult (or busy)? Hit is us up Twitter (@nandfpodcast) or send us an email.

The Episode:

Topics Discussed:

  • Movement versus exercise
  • Movement as a self-care practice
  • Adjusting to new bodies, post pregnancy and surgery
  • Personal goals around movement and health
  • Why we’ve both chosen to embark on a regular yoga practice
  • The power of benchmarks when it comes to making changes
  • How we find motivation during the low times
  • Staying accountable, regardless of whether you do it alone or have a partner to help you
  • Yin Yoga and the fountain of youth
  • The importance of diversity in movement
  • Seasonality in movement
  • Measuring success outside of weight loss/physicalities

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Quotables:

[bctt tweet="Movement is a passive, casual, integrated practice. It’s a given, not a daily hurdle. — B. Brockett" username="nandfpodcast"] [bctt tweet="This year is all about flow, abundance, and joy. — @emilylevenson" username="nandfpodcast"] [bctt tweet="When you don’t have your health, what else really matters? — Betsy Brockett" username="nandfpodcast"] [bctt tweet="I have to think every day that I’m giving a gift to my future self. — Betsy Brockett" username="nandfpodcast"] [bctt tweet="You’re never going to regret spending 30 minutes doing yoga. — Betsy Brockettt" username="nandfpodcast"] [bctt tweet="If you do anything to the extreme, it gets boring. Your body craves spontaneity. — @emilylevenson" username="nandfpodcast"]  

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Jan 8, 2017
Episode 2 is all about daily routines — morning, evening, work related — and how they help to set in motion the kind of day we want. Betsy has always been curious about how people structure their days and, in particular, their mornings. She is more of a structured morning person, while Emily is more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants-wanting-to-sleep-in-as-long-as-possible kind of morning person. In the end, Betsy and Emily are often in search of the same ultimate goals and aspirations even though they have taken drastically different paths to get there.

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Our current morning routines versus our ideal one
  • High energy times of day
  • Control versus flow in our mornings
  • The importance of benchmarks or goals for the day
  • Yearly intentions
  • Self-care and sleep
  • Taking action versus being more planful
  • Bullet journaling as a way to track progress
  • Curiosity as the antidote to boredom
  • How life has a way of shifting perspectives on goal setting and routines
  • Nighttime routines and the importance of sleep
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Doubling down on love in the coming year

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Quotables:

[bctt tweet="The goal of my mornings is to feel inspired, to get focused, and then to do my work." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="In my perfect world I would get everything I need to do for the day done by lunchtime." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="It’s much easier to go with the flow than try to stick with what you think is always going to work." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="If I can get anchored in how I want to feel today, I can make choices based on that." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Next year I want to focus on owning it. The good, the bad, the ugly. It’s all mine." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="The only guaranteed day is today." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="You have to be mindful of what is entering your consciousness every day. " username="cured_life"]

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Jan 8, 2017

Welcome to our inaugural episode of the Nourish + Flourish Podcast! We’re excited to be embarking on this journey together and wanted to share a bit more about who we are, why we started this podcast and the kind of content we want to focus on. 

Topics Discussed:

  • Who we are
  • The key components of our own health and transformations
  • Why this topic is so important to us
  • Being in control and in tune with our own health and wellness
  • How we connected
  • Our personal evolution with health, food, and wellness
  • Where we see Nourish + Flourish going
  • Why being a jack-of-all-trades is a good thing
  • Refusing to shy away from difficult or taboo topics

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