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058 How the gut affects your mood and hormones | Brittney Prendergast

I wasn’t a person who suffered with tummy related issues… for me it was the emotional and mental struggles with anxiety and depression was how my gut issues were showing themselves
— Brittney Prendergast

A difficult childhood with anxiety and panic attacks gave Brittney the drive to learn how to heal. Sadly after miscarriages, her thirst for knowledge led her to exploring more about hormones which in turn uncovered the linkage between gut health, mood and hormones. Brittney is an author, holistic wellbeing coach and now trains others to follow their passion in the wellbeing space.

We cover a lot of ground in a short time and you will come away with a clear understanding that your health begins in the gut.

Inspire yourself with these essential insights from Brittney Prendergast

We spoke about

  • From a childhood with anxiety and panic disorder to teaching gut health

  • What does good gut health look like

  • What is leaky gut

  • Linkage between leaky gut and chronic disease

  • 3 step process to heal the gut

  • Eliminating troublesome foods through substitution

  • Relationship between mood disorders and gut health

  • The link between poor gut health and your hormonal function

  • Appreciating and nurturing our body

Value Quotes 

“We have more bacteria in our bodies than we do human genes and good bacteria have a purpose”

“Foods that would normally have been contained in the gut are now floating free in the bloodstream which was intended to be completely sterile”

“Leaky gut is present in a majority of diseases and therefore leads to this chronic state of inflammation in the body”

“I wasn’t a person who suffered with tummy related issues… for me it was the emotional and mental struggles with anxiety and depression was how my gut issues were showing themselves”

“Foods created in a laboratory are wreaking havoc on our bodies as they do not understand what these foreign objects are”

“There is nutrition in raw honey that there isn’t in refined white sugar and second the body understands it”

“Little by little when you take on just one thing at a time, a year down the road you can have a complete transformation and transition in the way you are eating”

“Beside food culprits of leaky gut, things like pain killers and pharmaceuticals are a big big cause of gut permeability”

“Most of our serotonin, our happy juice is produced in the gut”

“The gut flora is transferred to your baby when it’s born” (by natural birth)

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Until next time fabulous podcast listener, I’m Bev and I invite you to live the fab life with me now!

Episode Links

You can find Brittney Prendergast at:

Website:  www.holisticwellnesscoaches.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/holisticwellnesscoachingacademy/

Do you find yourself in the tug-o-war mindset of “I want something sweet”? Take this FREE quiz with steps to reclaim your shape and get back your va-va-va-voom! Head to www.livingfabulously.com/hello-vitality

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044 The secrets to more time | Tom Evans

I noticed on days that I meditated I had a much better day and the world seemed to be kinder to me. On days I didn’t, I felt it was like pushing water uphill
— Tom Evans -

Many people talk about the value of meditation yet Tom Evans adds so much more to the conversation by focusing on the investment of even 10 minutes a day to achieve practical outcomes. Tom provides meditations for many and varied topics like weight management, relaxation, boosting creativity and avoiding jet lag. We touch on Tom’s concept of managing time mindfully to be more effective and create better outcomes for ourselves by not being enslaved by our relationship to time

Inspire yourself with these essential insights from Tom Evans

We spoke about 

  • How a BBC engineer became a spiritual engineer of mind, body and spirit

  • Discovering practical mindfulness

  • Making meditation playful and accessible

  • Investing time for practical outcomes

  • Scale of effects from 10 minutes of daily meditation

  • Where to begin with meditation

  • Tom’s two main applications of meditation

  • Switching on new super sensibilities

  • Reaping the benefits of meditation

  • Tom’s course Mindfulness Based Time Management

  • Seeing life as a joy

Value Quotes 

“I started meditating like many people to reduce stress and anxiety but I very quickly discovered this practical aspect to it”

”I noticed on days that I meditated I had a much better day and the world seemed to be kinder to me. On days I didn’t, I felt it was like pushing water uphill”

“The normal human mind can only have one thought at a time”

“As soon as you start to flip the attention away from the now you lose efficiency and so what mindfulness techniques get you to do is to be present in the now”

“You don’t have to meditate formally with your eyes closed and headphones on. You can meditate just by getting out in nature”

“Every day you’re going to treat yourself to 10 minutes of me time”

“One of the things I’ve noticed about Insight Timer app is that the most popular meditations are those that help people get to sleep”

“To me meditation has two applications. One is remedial where it fixes something… but my main area of work, research and fun is generative meditations that awaken us to new levels of consciousness”

“The main benefit [of meditation] is that you become luckier. Instead of pushing water uphill the world starts to work for you”

“With the quiet mind you get from meditation, that continues out of the meditation throughout the day so you become better at noticing things”

“If you look down it switches the internal dialogue on in the head and if you look slightly up it switches it off”

“See life not as a chore but as a joy”

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Episode Links 

You can find Tom Evans at:

Website:  http://www.tomevans.co/  

Insight timer app: https://insighttimer.com/tomevans

Until next time fabulous podcast listener, I’m Bev and I invite you to live the fab life with me now! 

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038 Question everything | Laura Childs

‘What if…’ changes our path. Opens a world of possibilities. And in that world we might find something fantastic, or fierce, about ourselves and our bodies and our personal power
— Laura Childs -

When I first heard Laura’s story I was thrilled to know that she is both a healthy weight advocate and passionate about real food.  No shakes and pills!  How wonderful that her willingness to help others achieve what she and her daughter Veronica did, led to the creation of a business. It's a unique business in that it centres around the most amazing community support for people desiring to be a healthy weight.  Laura truly walks her talk and embodies the belief that when it comes to our health, we can always improve it if we learn to question everything.

Inspire yourself with these essential insights from Laura Childs

Laura Childs talking healthy weight on Living Fabulously with Bev

We spoke about 

  • How the outcome of routine check-up created a catalyst for change

  • The value of research in understanding how to navigate nutrition

  • How leading by example attracted people who needed help

  • Recognising that a passion to serve was in fact a business

  • The need for awareness, compassion and amusement

  • How learning to question everything will shift beliefs and more

  • Putting ourselves first as a role model for others in our lives

  • The unique approach of the Utmost Diet membership site

  • Lessons from a 3 year old child

Value Quotes 

”I’m always amazed at what the human body is capable of – even when our health is degrading when we haven’t taken care of ourselves as well as we could have”

“And right up until my family doctor’s wake up call in 2013 I had no idea that my health and longevity was even in my control. I was certain that my fate would be determined more by genetics than by my actions”

“With a sombre expression my doctor informs me that I’ve gained enough weight to be classified as obese and that I’m showing signs of insulin resistance. And soon - she promises – she will be serving up a diagnosis and a life long prescriptions for type 2 Diabetes”

“And I’ll tell you – when we compared that ideal to the Government Guidelines – we had practically flipped it upside down”

“We realized that this is how we used to eat when we lived on the farm, how we all ate before the Industrial Era, before the availability of refined oils and processed flours and all these darn chemicals in our foods”

“We actually didn’t create a business – the business created us. And in a sense, it continues to create itself”

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” Paulo Coelho

“We got so busy, researching for people and learning more about how healthy fats heal our cells, how sugar damages our cells, and how all the toxins in our foods are causing so many illnesses”

“We realized we had to step up and do whatever we could to help others reach their healthy body weight”

“I’d never thought about it until I embarked on my own journey – but I’ve seen it in others since. How we all go through a long series of mindset shifts – and attitudes – as we walk that path back to wellness”

“The greatest lesson I’ve learned is that when it comes to your health, it can always be improved”

“I can’t even begin to tell you how much your signature sleep course has helped me – the tools, knowledge, awareness – within. And feeling that underlying self-compassion built into everything you do. A dose of acceptance and forgiveness plus the inspiration to keep moving forward on the quest.”

“I learned to “question everything” – my doctor’s diagnosis, my beliefs, and my perceived potential”

“We don’t set great examples for our children or anyone else if we’re so busy looking after every one that we’re exhausted, run down, and potentially growing bitter”

“That’s another area where you’ve really helped me in awareness – your sleep journal – five minutes per day shows me how I’m treating myself, what I might like to improve on tomorrow, and the gifts of each day that I might have forgotten if I had simply crawled into bed, exhausted”

If you got value from this episode if you have not yet done so please Subscribe, Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher. You can follow the instructions here.  If you know someone else that would get value from this episode as well please share it with them.

Until next time fabulous podcast listener, I’m Bev and I invite you to live the fab life with me now! 

Episode Links 

You can find Laura Childs at:

Website:  http://utmostdiet.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/utmostdiet

My online course Sleeping Fabulously is a four week course where I take troubled sleepers through the process of understanding their sleep habits, to creating new habits that let them sleep soundly through the night.

You know how passionate I am about this subject and you know that it’s time for me to take my sleep message to more people.

Can I ask you to do something?

Would you be willing to be my Champion and champion the cause of better health and sleep with me?

What if, together, we could change ONE person’s life for the better? What if we could start more conversations about the topic of well-rested living? What if we could be...well, be rebels together?

Are you in?

I hope so!

Contact me if you need ideas or head to http://bit.ly/sleepfabulously to check out all the details and share the link thoughtfully with your friends and on social media

Thanks in advance for being a fabulous change maker