My name is Dr. Talia Marcheggiani. I am a naturopathic doctor and I have dedicated my practice to learning everything there is to know about optimizing mental and emotional health.
In this podcast we answer the question: What does it take to live a life of truth, beauty, freedom, vitality, purpose and joy?
In a mix of solo episodes and interviews, I’ll be talking about all the things that fascinate me: nutrition, nature, the latest science, psychology and psychotherapy, mindfulness and meditation, supplementation, and more.
Episode 42: Through the Dark Woods: Conversations on the Healing Journey with Dr. Dimpi Patel, ND
Dr. Dimpi rejoins the Good Mood Podcast to continue a conversation we started on Instagram.
What makes us frustrated in the doctor-patient interaction? What unseen obstacles step in the way of our healing? So many times we've met and worked with patients who have seemingly done all the work and yet still struggle with feeling lost, that they're not making progress. This can be such a frustrating experience for both patients and practitioners: that feeling that you're both spinning your wheels. Both of you are trying so hard, to make progress, to feel better, and yet you feel just as deep in the woods as when you started.
I have had many conversations about this with my colleagues and friends. Healing is such an art and we don't have all the answers. And there are subtleties to the journey that can be triggering and invalidating to talk about---because sometimes there are limitations to language.
I wrote a blog post about an analogy of being lost in the woods--maybe the jungle let's say of disease and despair and the things that we might do, either consciously or unconsciously that keep us stuck there. And Dimpi reached out to me, telling me how much she resonated with this topic, how she's been having the same conversations, and how she'd love to talk more.
We went out on a limb and recorded a convo together--this might be part 1 of a series, we'll see how it goes (although it did feel good to just get it off our chests and put it out there). Let me know what you think of this topic. It is providing more clarity for you? Is it helping provide something like validation for some of the confusion you've felt on your own journey?
For example: as patients how do we strike a balance between finding our own empowerment and trusting in our guides? As practitioners how do we let our patients lead on their own healthcare journey while also inspiring patients' trust in us as authority figures? Is "authority figure" even an accurate way of describing what we do? Expertise?
So many times my experience as a healer or patient have been humbled.
So Dimpi and I got on with it and talked, and here's our convo. Dimpi is a great person to talk to about this stuff because she focuses her practice on healing the highly sensitive person: the artists, the healers, the outcasts, the person who feels, the empath, the Indigo child. She helps highly sensitive women unleash their full potential with subconscious rewiring, naturopathic medicine and functional labs so they can feel empowered in their health and be of greater service to others.
Her first episode on the Good Mood Podcast is one of our most popular.
Now, last thing before we get on with it. Please check out Good Mood Foundations, which starts March 1st. This may be your way out of the woods. The link to explore more about it is in the show notes.
Learn more about Dimpi:
Her website: https://www.suryawellness.co/dr-dimpi-patel
Good Mood Foundations:
Episode 41: The Loneliness Series with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
Another solo episode with Dr. Talia
What do the great minds of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, literature, science and religion have to say on the topic of loneliness?
Is there a pill for loneliness?
Can you be lonely in a crowded room?
Does solitude equal loneliness?
How can we cope with grief?
What do the Buddhists and Stoics say about loneliness?
And, most of all, how can we cope with an ever-increasingly isolated world?
Tune in to listen.
Remember conversations from "Saying Hello Again" by David Denborough:
- What did [your loved one] see when they looked at you through loving eyes?
- How did they know these things about you?
- If they could be with you today, what would they say to you about the efforts you are making in your life? What words of encouragement would they offer?
- What difference would it make to your relationships with others if you carried this knowledge with you in your daily life?
And remember, Good Mood Foundations launches March 1st. There's still time and space to get in. http://taliand.com/good-mood-learn
Episode 40: Happy Happy Joy Joy with Dr. Ellen Wong, ND
Why do I focus on mood and mental health? Well, at the core of it, when I was working with patients who were suffering from various physical ailments, I often found mood, mental and hormonal health at the bottom of it.
After all, what do we want to be if not happy? I mean the reason your IBS or your PCOS or your CFS or your MS bothers you is that, ultimately, it makes you unhappy. And so, for me and for most of us, health is happiness.
I also saw SO MANY solutions in my naturopathic toolkit to solve depression, anxiety and hormonal issues--new, science-based ways of looking at how our bodies and minds function--that weren't anywhere to be found in the conventional system. I was excited to share these tools and resources and strategies with my patients.
But good health isn't the only route to happiness. Dr. Ellen Wong, my supervisor and teacher when I was at CCNM, and a fellow ND, knows this. Ellen decided to focus on happiness when she, like me, realized that it was the key component to helping her patients live an amazing life.
Ellen had her own struggles with perfectionism and depression and so, to heal herself (I mean so many of us are in this game to first heal ourselves and then lead others on the paths we've blazed through, scratches on our faces from the underbrush, machetes still in hand... good visual, I digress) and heal her patients, she began to study happiness.
Her studies took her to the happiest place on Earth... nope not Disneyland... is Disneyland that happy? There's no real food there and Mickey is quite elitist... but to Bhutan, a country that has a Happiness Index.
We talk Bhutan, snow days, we talk about mindset, we talk happiness. It's a terrific episode. Dr. Ellen is a real gem and I miss her Saturday clinic shifts. This was a fun catch up. We also talk technology and how it doesn't necessarily have to alienate us.
Also: the little relationships are just as important (or at least they're important) as the deep soul connections. We need both. And, of course during this time we're missing out on the those day-to-day casual interactions with the local barista.
Dr. Ellen describes herself as a recovering high-functioning overthinker (if this is you, you HAVE to listen to this episode, we talk so much overthinking... it's great). After two hospitalizations she reached a tipping point--she burnt out. How many of us have been there? Or are there? Or are getting there?
Although she appeared like she "had it all together" - she secretly lived with never ending mental chatter that left her feeling overwhelmed, anxious, exhausted and unhappy. Realizing this was not how she wanted to spend the rest of her life, she set out to learn how to stop overthinking and reframe her negative thought patterns.
As the Founder of The Joy Avenue, a Confidence Coach and a Creatrix® Transformologist®, Ellen works with women who are tired of feeling overwhelmed, self-doubt and anxious and guides them towards feeling calm, confident and free. But what she's most passionate about is helping women prioritize their happiness as much as their success.
You can find Dr. Ellen Wong at:
And of course, don't forget to check out my online program for mental health and hormones: The Good Mood Membership Program.
Episode 39: Deep Transformational Healing with Alison Crosthwait, Trader turned Coach
Presence... is that the key to healing? Being present in one's body, being present with one's thoughts. Existing in the present moment. The present moment is where everything is happening. It gets us out of the head and into the body.
The body is our home. It's where our emotions live, as they manifest in real-time, where they can be processed. Being present and embodied are the key states for healing from trauma, from accessing our truest, wildest selves, and from experiencing optimal mental and emotional health.
Bodily presence is also where the richness of experience lies. It's where we experience enjoyment, love, connection, intimacy and pleasure.
Alison Crosthwait is a trader turned psychotherapist turned coach who supports people through deep inner transformational healing. She applies techniques like breathwork, psychedelic assisted psychotherapy, and other forms of energy and emotional healing to help her clients access their free and authentic selves.
"To feel alive is a practice", Alison writes on her webpage. "Sometimes we can talk for years about getting out of ruts. Other times a crisis brings us into a realization. Either way there comes a time when talk about it isn’t enough. When reading books doesn’t cut it."
Alison specializes in change. She speaks of her journey from a Wall Street trader to a person who experiences complete presence, freedom and ease in her life.
We talk trauma, psychedelics and the integrative process, how pets can be our greatest teachers (with plenty of dog and cat interruptions throughout this episode to prove that point), inner work, desire, orgasm and all the other ways we can reconnect with our wild, animal, dynamic selves that hold the key to deep healing.
Find Alison at:
Her website: https://www.alisoncrosthwait.com/
Episode 38: Environmental Medicine and Mental Health with Dr. Marillea Yu, ND
I am always scared to talk about environmental medicine. I know it's a big topic and that eliminating the chemicals from our lifestyle: our environment and our bodies is an important aspect of keeping us well.
But the more I learn about environmental medicine the more I feel the doom and gloom of hopelessness--and the more overwhelmed I feel about what must be done.
However, Marillea Yu, a naturopathic doctor, helps me see this topic through a more empowered lens.
Marillea and I talk about why we should care about environmental medicine, how environmental toxins affect our health, and some of the small but important things we can do to help our bodies, minds and planet stay healthy.
Dr. Marillea Yu is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Ontario, Canada. She received her BSc in Biology at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island prior to becoming a graduate of The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Her clinical interests centre on Environmental Medicine and the effects of everyday toxic exposures on health and wellness and its contribution to chronic and inflammatory disease and autoimmunity.
This includes exploring the effects of industrialization on health outcomes, especially in communities and areas where resource extraction has occurred and the effects of industrialization are experienced first-hand.
Find Marillea at:
Links we talk about: https://www.thinkdirtyapp.com/
Heal your mental health and hormones naturally through my membership program: taliand.com/good-mood-learn
Episode 37: Replenishing Your Resilience Reserves with Dr. Tara Guzzo, ND, R.Ac.
Resilience is the body and mind's ability to adapt to stress, challenge and change. Some of us would refer to it as "bouncing back" from hardship. But even better, if we are truly resilient when hardship hits, we're able to "bounce forward". Coming out of trauma or difficulty with more strength and grit than we had going into it.
Dr. Tara Guzzo is a fellow naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist who works with busy women who are tired and unsatisfied with a life that is just “okay”.
She is the CEO and Clinical Director of InVersa Health, and has created the Resilience Reset Program designed to promote calm, confidence and all-day energy in the face of depleting daily life stress.
Tara is also the host and creator of a television series on Shaw Spotlight called “Elevating Women’s Wellness” in which she interviews local female healthcare providers on relevant women’s health topics to elevate the wellness of listeners.
In this podcast we talk about Tara's experience that called on her resilience reserves--where her clinic burnt down at the beginning of this year. We talk about how she leveraged what she preaches to support herself through the trauma of the situation and bounce back with resilience.
We talk about building resilience reserves through the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body, and emotional self-regulation, trauma support and more.
Find Dr. Tara at:
Her website: https://drtarand.ca/
Elevating Women's Wellness: https://drtarand.ca/elevating-womens-wellness/
Learn more about the Good Mood Membership Program taliand.com/good-mood-learn