Meet Sahar Aker, the mental health advocate who started the #IChooseBeauty movement and hashtag — which she calls a “life preserver” for her own mental health and happiness. A former health reporter, Sahar first reported on depression after her mother’s death 20 years ago; she now serves as an inspiration for people on social media as she continues to share her story and build a supportive community online. Her own battle with depression led to the creation of IChooseBeauty, and her decision to document one beautiful thing each day has turned into a popular (and free!) 30-day #IChooseBeauty photo challenge…

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Are your meals and snacks getting a little stale and boring? In need of a little fit foodie inspiration? Hey, we’ve all been there! And these 13 podcast episodes are the remedy. From tasty recipes to meal inspiration to hacks for making cooking easier and more fun (with a totally non-diet and intuitive-eating approach), it’s food for thought … for your earholes! Ep 111: Nealy Fischer, The Flexible Chef A great ep on how to ditch perfection in the kitchen. Ep 102: Nutritionist Ellie Krieger Get inspired by her favorite go-to meals! Ep 87: Siri Daly How to include your kids…

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Sex positivity (meaning that sex, as long as it’s healthy and truly consensual, is a good thing) is something I think about a lot. Maybe not as much as body positivity, or busting diet culture, or, you know, tacos — but, well, I’m in the midst of writing a romance novel, and as I’ve delved further and further into that world, I’ve become far more aware of how sex and self-confidence and feminism intersect. I’ve also realized how often love scenes either a) use humor as a vehicle to show a character making safe sex a priority, b) make the…

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If you are in the mood for some intense motivation to improve just about every aspect of your life, you’ll love this interview with the energetic and inspiring Rob Dionne of Open Sky Fitness. Rob and his wife, Devon, have taken online coaching and training to the next level and help busy people take control of their lives while ditching diets and kicking perfectionism to the curb. Rob is passionate about helping people find external accountability to help them hit their fitness and career goals, which he does as the host of the Open Sky Fitness Podcast (where Jenn and…

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I feel like every time we interview someone for our podcast, I learn something. Or, I hear something in a new way that is so crystal clear that it’s almost like I learn it all over again. You know what I mean? This happened recently when we were chatting with Stefani Ruper of Coconuts & Kettlebells. She dropped a number of truthbombs, but the one that stood out to me was her past experience with the “restrict-binge-shame cycle.” In case you’ve never heard of it — or you’ve never heard of it called that — let me break it down…

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In this post featuring our favorite diet-culture-busting Instagram accounts to follow, we mentioned that we were also putting together a list of our favorite podcasts that do the same thing. Because, when diet culture is found seemingly everywhere (even in the sneakiest of ways!), it’s important to have media and content that is truly supportive of the idea that fitness and health comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s something we believe in. It’s something we strive to do on our podcast (although, to be honest, we’re always learning!). And it’s something that we applaud these podcasts for doing episode…

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Functional medicine is a big buzz word in the wellness community. But what does it really mean? Our guest in this ep is Dr. Stephanie Gray, owner of the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic in Hiawatha, Iowa. She wrote the book Your Longevity Blueprint and she’s giving us the 411 on the differences between traditional and functional medicine. By using the analogy of fireman versus carpenters and looking at the body as your house (where gut health is the very foundation), Dr. Gray offers insight on how testing can increase your longevity and help you gain more agency over your…

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Nealy Fischer, who you might better know as The Flexible Chef, inspires people all over the globe to live a healthier, well-rounded lifestyle. Armed with a “little black book” of favorite recipes, workout methods, yogis and health professionals, she founded MAYYA, which runs luxury wellness events across Asia. Nealy describes herself as a recovering perfectionist — something many of us can relate to, right? She believes we’d all feel better and happier if we could just ditch our goals of perfection in the kitchen and focus on filling our meals with a little more fun and meaning. She counts fixing…

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Our podcast guest today, Stefani Ruper, is not only the co-author of Coconuts and Kettlebells: A Personalized 4-Week and Fitness Plan for Long-Term Health, Happiness and Freedom, the founder of Paleo for Women, and the co-host of the Well-Fed Women Podcast (which is already super-impressive if you ask us!), but she is also currently working on her PhD in philosophy at The University of Oxford and living a very “Harry Potter-ish” existence — complete with all-night study sessions at the library and a cafeteria lifestyle. (One of her higher education pals’ printer even makes an appearance in this ep!) As…

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