A Paleo or Primal approach to wellness revolves around tuning into our bodies, our thoughts and our emotions and shifting the way we eat, sleep, move, think, play and live so it’s more in line with our basic biology.
Your hosts Crystal & Jo invite you to listen, learn and share as we talk practical approaches to primal living in the modern world, along with regular guests, experts, practitioners and of course you guys, the everyday person trying to make a Paleo or Primal lifestyle work for you.
TPS #79: Is it an Addiction? With Dr Karen Faisandier
Today we have Karen Faisandier joining us from Wellington, NZ.
Karen is a born and bred NZ'er, mother of two, and Director of a private psychology practice based in the Wellington CBD.
While she is a conventionally-trained clinical psychologist specialising in addiction, her interest in nutrition in health care led her into the study of nutritional and environmental medicine and its application to psychology.
Karen is passionate about forging an “integrated” and ancestral approach to individual adult psychological assessment and treatment. This involves the evidence-based application of nutritional, nutraceutical, and ancestrally oriented lifestyle interventions so as to assist people to understand, prevent, and recover from psychological distress.
We chat with Karen about:
Karen's interest in addiction
How Karen came to make her Primal Shift
Integrating an ancestral and ACNEM approach into her clinical practice
The impact of caffeine on sleep, the stress response, nutrient absorption and other behaviours
Karen's research and professional experience with drug addiction
What the main underlying factors are that can create addictions are
Sex addiction, should it be an addiction? And what the prevalence of different sexual behaviours is
Is it an addiction? Ask does it cause distress and impairment for someone and does it cause a loss of control?
Attachment theory of addiction
Is there such a thing as sugar addiction?
How gut health and nutritional deficiencies can affect into addictions
Can addiction shift from one thing to another? Alcohol to sugar
Anxiety and depression
Allergies and intolerances
Practical approaches people can take to strengthen their mental health - diet and identifying any deficiencies and intolerances, reducing stress
When to seek professional support
Karen's clinical psychology clinic in NZ: The Integrative Practice
TPS #78: Going Low-tox with Alexx Stuart from Low-Tox Life
One of our primal shifts is the primal detox shift and it’s one of the more involved lifestyle shifts we can make, so today we have with us Alexx Stuart from Low Tox Life.
Alexx is a health coach, recipe creator, avid researcher and an educator in the wellness space. She’s also worked in the cosmetics industry and hospitality industry. So she’s come into contact with a whole lot of toxins ...and felt the health effects of that exposure.
Now Alexx is all about helping people make the best choices they can, and doing so happily without fear or guilt, when it comes to food, sustainable living, personal care & cleaning products.
We chat to Alexx about:
How Alexx's past experience has influenced what she does now, and
How she came to make her primal shift and help other people make positive change
Consumer awareness driving accountability and change in the corporate world
3 questions to ask yourself before buying: who makes it? how do they make it? do they align with my values
What low-tox living is - careful consideration for the foods we eat, the products we put on ourselves, the things in our environment and what goes on in our minds
What are all the different ways we can be bombarded by toxins in our environment?
In the home: Synthetic scents and air fresheners, dust, electrical devices, cleaning products
Natural aromas, essential oils, getting air flow through the house and switching the modem off overnight, looking into your products
Where people can start, some good first steps...
Detoxing from social media
What does Alexx's daily routine look like now?
The benefits of earthing
Making conscious and low-tox choices for clothing
Alexx's Go Low Tox Course
Alexx's website and podcast: Low Tox Life
Documentary: The Disappearing Male
Go Low Tox Course
TPS #77: The Value of Friendship
In this episode, Crystal and Jo have a chat about the value of friendship.
As ‘sisters from another mister’ they will share their own friendship journey as well as discussing how intimate friendships and strong social connections have played a vital part in human evolution.
We Chat About
Reflecting on our own friendships
How Crystal and Jo met
Finding like-minded (new) people
Using social media to connect with people - the pro's and cons
Online personas vs authentic selves
How friends shape our mood, values, and habits
Benefits of friendship
Blue zones and friendship
The impact of social isolation
Quality over quantity in friendships
Vulnerability and authenticity
Evolutionary perspective on friendship
The culture of networking and referral systems (personally and professionally)
How to know when you're in a toxic friendship
How to cultivate and nurture friendship when life is crazy
The importance of face to face interactions
Think about the top five people in your life
Mark Sisson - The Primal Connection
Dallas Hartwig - More Social, Less Media
AHSNZ - YouTube Channel
Chip and Dan Heath - Switch
Dan Buettner - Blue Zones
TPS #76: Low-Tox Skincare: Which Dirty Dozen Chemicals to Avoid in your Personal Care Products
In today’s episode we're going to be talking low-tox skincare... because as the creator of Ecology Skincare, one of the most common topics I get asked about, is which skincare ingredients should we avoid and how can we choose more natural skincare options.
And it’s natural that once we get our nutrition dialled in, once we’ve cleaned up our diet and we’re looking better, feeling better and have more headspace ...that we then take a look at what other aspects of our lifestyle we can “clean up” ...and for both of us skincare was a biggie!
The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 different ingredients daily" ~ The Environmental Working Group (EWG)
We chat about:
Where we started when we started thinking about going low-tox
Overusing coconut oil on the skin and how natural products can be still really irritating for people with eczema or sensitive skin
What we used to use on our skin and how that's changed over time
How deodorants work and the quest to find a good natural deodorant that doesn't irritate
What comedogenic is - aka acne causing ingredients
Defending against scaremongering, what really affects absorption into the skin
How to simplify your skincare regime, using less products and using them less often - like using Konjac Sponges for cleansing
The Dirty Dozen Ingredients to avoid in your skincare and personal care products and their better alternatives
#1 Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and sodium laureth sulphate
#3 Fragrance or Parfum
#4 DEA, TEA and MEA
#6 Formaldehyde releasing preservatives (Quaternium-15, DMDM hydration, Diaziolidinyl Urea (Germall), Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (suttocide)
#7 Mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin oil
#10 Coal tar and coal tar dyes (look for p-phenylenediamine, aminophenol, diaminobenzene and colors that begin in “CI” followed by a 5 digit number e.g. CI 19140)
#11 Silicones and silioxones
#12 BHA and BHT
How to start making the transition and simplifying your skincare regime
What 'green washing' is
Scrutinising the top 1/3 of ingredients more than the rest of the ingredient list. These ingredients account for 95% of the contents of the product ~ Nicole Biljsma
Crystal's eBook: Natural Skincare Secrets for Women with Sensitive Skin, use the promo code LOVETPS to get it for free
The Environmental Working Group
The Chemical Maze
Ecology Konjac Sponges
David Suzuki's Dirty Dozen Ingredients to Avoid
The Ecology Bathroom Detox Checklist
Ecology Skincare Blog [VIDEO]: How to interpret labels and choose better Personal Care Products
Nicole Biljsma: Healthy Home, Healthy Family book
Abode cleaning products
Crystal's eBook: Natural Skincare Secrets - use the promo code LOVETPS to get it for free
TPS #75 Emotional Eating and Deep Joy with Lulu Loya Wu
In this episode, we chat to Lulu Loya Wu all about the important, but often overlooked, role of emotions when it comes to eating.
Lulu is a certified Eating Psychology Coach. Addressing not only the lifestyle/nutrition factors, but also the deeper aspect of our relationship with food and our bodies. This helps people create lasting change and breaking free from the physical and emotional ups and downs of dieting and other struggles with health.
Lulu has a background in Law and treaty negotiations. It was her personal challenges with food and body that inspired her to become a coach.
We chat with Lulu about:
Lulu's primal shift
The common struggle of disordered eating
Transitioning from a career in law to nutritional coaching
What is 'Eating Psychology'?
The limitations of willpower when it comes to food restriction
Lulu's approach with clients - living more in the body instead of the mind
Emotional eating is not abnormal
Our relationship with food is largely unconscious
Why Lulu thinks food addiction isn't a real addiction
What tools does Lulu use with clients to help them get in touch with their unconscious drivers with food
Fizzy highs vs deep joy
How to cultivate deep joy
What does Lulu do to look after herself?
How to start the journey - reaching out
Is eating 'bad food' with a good attitude better than eating 'good food' with a bad attitude
Highly sensitive people tend to have more digestion issues
What's Lulu got planned for the coming year?
Lulu Loya Wu
Lulu's talk 'Our Love Affair with Speed' from AHSNZ Wellington Conference 2015
Psychology of Eating
The Last Best Cure by Donna Jackson Hakazawa
When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress - Disease Connection by Gabor Mate
TPS #74: From SIBO to Healthy Gut with Rebecca Coomes
In this episode, we chat to Rebecca Coombes from the Healthy Gut about gut health and SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). SIBO is something that Jo and Crystal both had some personal experience with, and it’s a condition that’s not commonly discussed but probably more common than people realise.
Rebecca is an author, entrepreneur and passionate foodie. She turned her health around after a lifetime of chronic illness and founded The Healthy Gut, where people can learn about gut health and the impact it has on our general health and happiness. Rebecca is also the author of the world’s first cookbooks and cooking show for people with SIBO!
We chat with Rebecca about:
How did Rebecca make her primal shift?
Why did Rebecca turn her passion into her profession?
What is SIBO?
How is SIBO diagnosed?
The link between SIBO and 'leaky gut'
Main causes of SIBO
The challenges of treating SIBO
The psychological impact of living with SIBO
Making food 'sexy' again on a SIBO diet
The importance of stress management when treating SIBO
How to talk to friends and family about living with SIBO
SIBO recovery timeframe
Treating SIBO: botanical herbs versus antibiotics
The link between endometriosis and SIBO
The link between SIBO and other chronic bowel conditions (Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
Upcoming SIBO event in Australia for practitioners
Dr Allison Siebecker