The Model Health Show

Navigating the challenges our world is facing right now can be incredibly emotional. Emotions like fear, overwhelm, anxiety, and uncertainty have become daily occurrences for some folks. How we interpret and deal with those emotions impacts how we show up in our relationships, our careers, and our health. 

On this episode of The Model Health Show, Dr. Susan David is back to discuss the importance of practicing emotional agility amidst a pandemic. Dr. Susan David is an award-winning psychologist, expert on emotions, and TED Talk sensation. She’s here to share her expertise on normalizing and processing difficult emotions, the importance of self-compassion, and how to better navigate your relationships during stressful times.

I hope this episode will help you build emotional agility so that you can handle whatever life throws your way. Because our bodies are a manifestation of our emotions, this topic exudes into every area of our lives. The way that we deal with our emotions matters, and it’s an area we can all constantly improve.  

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What emotional agility is, and why it’s so essential right now. 
  • The definition of forced positivity.
  • How emotion suppression can lead to higher levels of anxiety and depression.
  • The main function of our emotions, and how they can help us adapt.
  • How hustle culture negatively impacts our emotions. 
  • The importance of normalizing difficult emotions. 
  • What bottling and brooding are. 
  • The main question you should ask yourself when you experience difficult emotions. 
  • How we can shift the conversation around mental health. 
  • The importance of practicing gentle acceptance. 
  • How practicing self-compassion can help you through challenges. 
  • Tactile strategies you can use to remind yourself of your humanness. 
  • How to step into greater levels of emotional agility in your relationships. 
  • What it means to bring breadth and depth into your conversations. 
  • How to better label your emotions. 

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“Happiness is a quality of the soul, not a function of one’s material circumstances.” -Aristotle 

How do you respond when you face a challenge in life? Whether you’re facing some truly dark days or simply dealing with first world problems, it can be easy to get caught in a cycle of negative thoughts and patterns. I want to encourage you to take a lighthearted approach and focus on abundance. 

Because even when life is hard and you’re up against an obstacle, there is still an opportunity to be found. Today’s guest, Katie Wells, embodies that philosophy. From turning her personal health struggles into a thriving community to getting her mind right in order to set an example for her children, Katie knows a thing or two about turning lemons into lemonade. 

Katie is the founder of the renowned website Wellness Mama, bestselling author of The Wellness Mama Cookbook, and a mom of six who is passionate about uplifting and inspiring other families. On today’s show, she’s sharing personal anecdotes about transforming her own health, why mindset is the key to creating sustainable change, and how to cultivate the love of learning in your children. This episode is packed with powerful insights that I hope will resonate with you. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to find the opportunities in challenging situations.
  • What inspired Katie to invest in her health.
  • The importance of taking ownership over your own wellness.
  • Katie’s journey of getting diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (& going into remission!) 
  • How stress and trauma can contribute to inflammation in the body. 
  • The catalyst that encouraged Katie to change her body image.
  • What psychoneuroendocrinology is.
  • The difference between training and working out, & why that distinction can be freeing.
  • Why being conscious of our self-talk matters. 
  • How Katie was able to lose weight by eating more. 
  • Why having clean personal care products matters.
  • The effects that conventional hand sanitizer can have on the microbiome.  
  • How to support your children’s education from home. 
  • Ways you can encourage your kids to get involve in their education. 
  • The silver linings of living through a pandemic. 

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No matter your diet or relationship with food, chances are that you think about calories, at least occasionally. From restaurant menus to fitness trackers, we’re constantly being reminded of the significance of the almighty calorie. But have you ever stopped to think—what exactly is a calorie, and how accurate are the numbers we’re continuously being fed?  

On this episode of The Model Health Show, I’m taking you behind the scenes of the infamous calorie and how it actually works in real life. We’re diving into the history of how the calorie came to be, and how it became such a pervasive figure in our culture. You’re also going to learn about the numerous factors that influence how your body absorbs and reacts to calories.

You’re going to hear the differences that exist in types of food, how they are prepared, and the role your unique metabolism plays in the processing of calories. No matter your history or relationship with calories, this episode will help you gain valuable insights into how your body interacts with the food you eat on a daily basis. Enjoy! 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • One surprising predictor of future weight gain. 
  • The history of the calorie, and how its purpose shifted over time.
  • How food calories are calculated.
  • The difference between calories and kilocalories.
  • Why most calorie counts are inaccurate. 
  • How cooking methods interfere with the calorie content of food.
  • The role digestion plays in the number of calories absorbed.
  • How the different macronutrients are digested by the body. 
  • What the thermic effect of food is. 
  • How digestive strength and enzyme production factors into calorie absorption.
  • The primary function of all living things. 
  • How the advent of fire led to the development of the human brain. 
  • What role the microbiome plays in digestion. 
  • How sleep quality affects the efficacy of the metabolism. 
  • What water-induced hypothermogenesis is. 
  • The main organs that regulate how your body burns calories.
  • How your metabolism changes over time. 

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It’s a simple truth: We are all, collectively, experiencing a challenging time right now. But instead of sitting in the negativity the news and social media feeds us, what can we do to convert concern into action?

My guest on this episode, New York Times bestselling author and internal medicine physician Dr. Austin Perlmutter, explains how we all hold the keys to freeing our bodies and brains from damaging patterns. If you’re stressed, anxious, or depressed right now, Dr. Perlmutter offers some simple but profound ways to optimize your brain to better meet this moment.

In these turbulent times, we have an opportunity. We have access to information from experts like Dr. Perlmutter and thousands of others who can help us change our lives, and in turn, change the world. Now is the time to translate your worry into action—and it all starts with a little compassion, for yourself and others, even when you don’t see eye to eye.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What an opportunistic infection is and what it has to do with COVID-19.
  • Why chronic illnesses increase your chances of dying from COVID-19.
  • What you can do to improve resilience against Coronavirus—and other infections.
  • The connection between chronic disease and your immune function.
  • How social connection has a protective effect on how our bodies deal with viruses.
  • Why it’s hard to come up with great vaccinations for influenza.
  • How rates of depression, anxiety, stress, and loneliness are going up.
  • The connection between mental health and chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammation and contracting COVID-19.
  • How many of the things we’re doing now to prevent coronavirus could predispose us to more problems down the line.
  • How there’s no financial reward for the healthcare industry in preventing conditions.
  • Why quick fixes are only making our health and mental health worse.
  • The “epidemic of stuckness” and how we transfer it to our offspring.
  • How the immune system acts like a language that communicates between your gut microbes and your brain.
  • That your brain has its own immune system.
  • How to convert worry into actionable change in yourself and the world.
  • What compassionate empathy is and why it’s so important right now.

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Seventy million Americans are suffering from digestive issues right now. Can you believe that? What’s more mind-blowing is that most of those folks could start to feel a lot better by simply changing the way they eat.

In this episode, Dr. Will Bulsiewicz and I get real about gut health. Dr. Bulsiewicz is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning gastroenterologist who changed his approach to treating gut health when he turned his life around by changing his diet. Now, he’s leading the way in making nutrition a routine part of the digestive health conversation, inside and outside his clinic. 

Dr. Bulsiewicz and I dive into the connection between a healthy immune system and a healthy gut, why eating a diversity of plants is key to a diversity of microbiota, and yes, we go there—we even talk poop. I hope you enjoy our conversation and think about the incredible symphony happening in your gut in a whole new way. Enjoy!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Dr. Bulsiewicz’s superhero origin story—from 50 pounds overweight to a leading gut health expert.
  • The truth about how much nutritional education Western-trained doctors get.
  • How doctors have to take it upon themselves to learn about nutrition.
  • How many pounds of food the average American eats per day.
  • Why the microbiome is the hottest ticket in all of science right now.
  • What bio-individuality is and how it’s expressed.
  • How our individual microbiome dictates what diet is right for each of us.
  • The five types of microbes that create an ecosystem inside our gut.
  • Why fears about bacteria are misplaced.
  • How digestive issues can be a warning sign of bigger health problems.
  • The connection between immune health and gut health.
  • Why there has been a 500% increase in Celiac disease.
  • How poop is so much more than food waste.
  • Why your microbiome loves fiber.
  • Why you should be eating at least 30 different varieties of plants a week for a healthy gut.

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