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The Joyous Health Podcast is here to bring a dose of joy to your day, maybe a few laughs and some healthy inspiration as we explore food and nutrition, well-being, beauty, family and entrepreneurship. Hosted by the husband and wife team behind the internationally recognized health and wellness brand, Joyous Health — Joy McCarthy, a holistic nutritionist and two-time bestselling author and Walker Jordan, an entrepreneur, photographer and pizza-coffee-car-lover.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 206 Ratings

The Joyous Health Podcast is here to bring a dose of joy to your day, maybe a few laughs and some healthy inspiration as we explore food and nutrition, well-being, beauty, family and entrepreneurship. Hosted by the husband and wife team behind the internationally recognized health and wellness brand, Joyous Health — Joy McCarthy, a holistic nutritionist and two-time bestselling author and Walker Jordan, an entrepreneur, photographer and pizza-coffee-car-lover.

    Navigating Infertility, Motherhood, & Entrepreneurship with Hannah Sunderani, Cookbook Author

    Navigating Infertility, Motherhood, & Entrepreneurship with Hannah Sunderani, Cookbook Author

    This week, Joy chats with Hannah Sunderani, ​​the creator of the popular blog Two Spoons. Since she was last on the podcast she’s become a mum and authored The Two Spoons Cookbook: More Than 100 French-Inspired Vegan Recipes. She is an editor at the feedfeed, a contributor to Best of Vegan, and a recipe contributor to THRIVE and One Green Planet. Her recipes have also been featured in numerous magazines including Better Homes and Gardens, Simply Gluten-Free, VegNews, House & Home, and Hello! Fashion UK. To say she knows good food is the understatement of the year!
    In this episode Hannah discusses her journey with infertility and what life is like with a ten month old as she runs her own business. She also dives deep into the creation process behind her new cookbook and shares her passion for simple, delicious food and sharing it with friends and family. After listening to this episode you will feel inspired to get in the kitchen to create meals the whole family will love.
     
    If you’ve been looking for an honest representation of infertility, balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship, and the pure joy of delicious food then you won’t want to miss this episode! So grab your favourite cup of iced tea, settle in with your notebook, and get ready to be inspired to take your plant-based cooking to new culinary heights!
     
    Episode Highlights:
    Why she and her husband decided to move back to Canada to start their family.  The mental health struggles that accompanied Hannah’s fertility journey. The creative, healing process of writing her cookbook… and then finding out she was pregnant! The community connection that comes from sharing your truth.  Her experience with IVF and how her husband supported her journey.  Hannah’s suggestions for supporting the body during fertility treatments.  How trying so hard to get pregnant can be counterproductive.  The importance of focusing on mental health so the health of the body can follow. Why she loves nature walks.  How she juggles raising an infant while launching a cookbook. The importance of having a village to help raise your family.  The importance of asking for help when you need it.  Why new moms need time to themselves for their mental health. How Hannah researched her cookbook while living in France. Hannah’s experience watching the vegan scene blow up in France during the 4 years she lived there.  How her food memories inspired the recipes in the Two Spoons Cookbook.  How she learned from her local vendors at farmer’s markets to diversify her cooking. The weave of traditional and modern French cooking in the recipes Hannah created. Hannah’s favourite recipes from her cookbook.  Her 10-month old son, Oliver’s, favourite recipes from her cookbook. Her experience with baby led weaning and why it wasn’t the best method for her family. The importance of not placing expectations on what your baby’s food journey looks like.  Why you don’t have to create separate meals for your baby. The power of having mealtime together as a family.  The importance of setting a foundation and then allowing your children their own agency.   
    Resources:
    Hannah on Instagram
    Check out the Two Spoons Blog 
    Hannah on YouTube
    Hannah on Facebook
    Buy The Two Spoons Cookbook!
    Try the Two Spoons App
    Two Spoons Recipe Index
    Hannah’s First Joyous Health Podcast Episode
    Hannah’s Chocolate Almond Butter Truffles
     
    More about Joyous Health:
      Check out our award-winning blog Joyous Health   Check out Joy’s bestselling cookbooks   Sign up for the Joyous Health newsletter   Follow Joyous Health on Instagram   Find Joyous Health on Facebook   Learn more about The Joyous Health Business Program   Check out our full line of Natural & Organic Haircare and Body Care.   Join Joy’s Hair Care Challenge at Natural Hair Care Challenge   Explore Joyous Health Kids at Joyous Health Kids

    • 43 min
    78: A Simplified Approach to Natural Health with Stewart Brown, Founder of Genuine Health

    78: A Simplified Approach to Natural Health with Stewart Brown, Founder of Genuine Health

    This week, Joy and Walker chat with Stewart Brown, founder of the amazing, research-backed supplement company Genuine Health. He has been in the natural health and supplement industry since he was 16 years old and cannot imagine anything more important that he could have dedicated his life's work to. He knows his company has the opportunity to change people’s lives every day, and he takes that responsibility very seriously. He is passionate about looking at the latest research in nutritional science to drive innovation in their products so that you can live a life of vibrancy and vitality!
    In this episode Stewart discusses how he got started working in the natural health field and how that led him to open his own health food store in the mid 80s in the heart of the LGBT community in Toronto. Shortly after, the HIV crisis hit and his store, Supplements Plus, was in the heart of the epidemic. You’ll learn how this experience eventually led to the creation of Genuine Health and his passion for educating people on the simple pillars of wellness that create a foundation for lasting health. After listening to this episode you will feel inspired to make small, lasting changes so you can live your healthiest and happiest life!
    If you’ve been looking to kickstart your own healthy habits and incorporate more nutrient density into your diet, you won’t want to miss this episode! So grab your favourite cup of iced tea, settle in with your notebook, and get ready to learn how to thrive!
     
    Episode Highlights:
    Stewart’s introduction to natural health and how he got interested in this field as a teen.  How the industry has evolved in the last 40 years.  The issues he had navigating the traditional healthcare system as a teenager.  How the world of natural health helped him discover the root cause of his health issues.  The importance of treating the root cause of your issues and not the symptoms to achieve optimal health. Stewart’s experience running a health food store in the LGBT community in the 80s during the midst of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  How his store became a refuge for the community at this time.  His experience working with the AIDS Committee of Toronto. The importance of being educated on the supplements and products you use to get the results you are looking for.   What inspired him to create a line of products that make a difference in people’s health.  Stewart’s absolute favourite part of the natural health industry.  The interesting history and development of greens+ How sugar can impact mood.  Why we need to build a strong foundation of nutrition, movement, and love for health.  The importance of simplifying, not complicating, our approach to health.  How Stewart transitioned from health food store owner to developing and selling supplements.  The research done at U of T behind why greens+ makes people feel so amazing.  How the polyphenols in greens+ help with bone growth.  The importance of eating the rainbow.  Health hacks to help balance blood sugar.  How exercise, yoga, and meditation help Stewart stay calm while running a highly successful company, Genuine Health.  Why some doctors are starting to recommend nature therapy to their patients.  How Genuine Health grew from 2 superpowered products to over 80!  The power of polyphenols, long chain fatty acids, and probiotics for health and vitality.  Why quality and human connection are the drivers of all Stewart’s business decisions.  How he creates products to fill gaps within the market.  The way a nutrient rich diet + probiotics impact children’s health and wellbeing. How soil microbes are great for human health.   
    Resources:
    Stewart Brown on Instagram
    Genuine Health on Instagram
    Genuine Health on Facebook
    Genuine Health Website–use code GHJoyous20 to save 20% sitewide!
    Genuine Healthy Kids with Joyous Health–use code GHJoyous20 to save 20% sitewide!
    Town Hall Medicine Summit
    Becoming Sugar Free by Juli

    • 50 min
    A Holistic Approach to Overcoming Eczema with Abby Lai, Nutritionist

    A Holistic Approach to Overcoming Eczema with Abby Lai, Nutritionist

    This week, Joy chats with Abby Lai, who became a Registered Holistic Nutritionist after suffering from eczema that was so severe her doctors said it was the worst that they had ever seen. Since she discovered a holistic approach to health, she has become passionate about helping people overcome eczema, naturally. She is the host of The Eczema Podcast, which has helped eczema sufferers around the world with over 100,000 listens and 500,000 views on YouTube. She is also the founder of Conqueror Skincare, which is an all natural product line to help eczema and dry skin.
    In this episode Abby discusses her experience with conventional eczema treatments and how she came to discover a more natural, whole body approach to overcoming her condition. She is a wealth of knowledge on all things eczema and shares how our environment, thoughts, diet, lifestyle, gut health, and digestion can all impact the health of our skin. After listening to her speak, you will be filled with hope for an eczema-free future!
    If you’ve been struggling with dry, inflamed, or eczema-prone skin, you won’t want to miss this episode! Abby shares tons of actionable tips on everything from food triggers to lifestyle shifts that you can start exploring today. So grab your favourite anti-inflammatory tea, settle in with your notebook, and get ready to learn to support your skin health from the inside out!
     
    Episode Highlights:
    Abby’s journey with eczema from infancy.  The toll that being 90-95% covered in rashes took on her mental health and self-esteem.  The frustration she felt by being told her skin would never heal.  How the environment or emotions can impact your skin health.  What inspired her to explore a more natural treatment program for her skin.  The connection between eczema & mental health issues such as depression. What is topical steroid withdrawal?  The connection between the microbiome, mental health, and skin health.  How severe eczema can impact your social and personal life.  Her experience with allopathic eczema and allergy treatments.  Some of the side effects she still experiences from her steroid medications.  The turning point that sent her down the path to a more holistic approach to eczema care. How she discovered the connection between diet and skin health.  The triggering foods she eliminated to start seeing skin healing results.  How she balanced her body to experience more food freedom, without causing an eczema flare.  The power of healing the gut and balancing the microbiome to support skin health.  The top food triggers people with eczema should avoid as they’re healing.  How poor fat digestion can cause skin flares. The importance of liver health when it comes to eczema healing.  How getting to the root cause helps clients with multiple skin issues.  Other less well-known triggers for eczema!  The surprising link between dental infections and eczema.  How antibiotics can impact skin health and what you can do to prevent side effects.  How supporting the skin can improve other health issues as well. The skin has a circadian rhythm- what that means and how it impacts eczema symptoms. How to use lab and other tests to get to your unique root cause. Postpartum hormones and the connection between inflammatory skin conditions.  Foods that are supportive and soothing to the skin and whole body.  Lifestyle habits Abby recommends to support healthy skin.  How to manage stress to prevent inflammation.  The best skin soothing ingredients for eczema flare ups and reducing itchiness.  How skin pH and eczema are connected and how to keep it balanced!  
    Resources:
    Abby Lai on Instagram 
    Eczema Podcast on Instagram
    Free 30-min Breakthrough Call
    Free E-Book: 6 Ways to Clear Eczema
    Free Webinar: 3 Mistakes Stopping Your Healing
    Personalized Eczema Coaching
    Listen to the Eczema Podcast
    Eczema Resources
    Shop Eczema Products
     
    More about Joyous Health:
      Check out our award-winning blog Joy

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Getting Quiet & Tuning Into Your Intuition with Meghan Telpner

    Getting Quiet & Tuning Into Your Intuition with Meghan Telpner

    This week, Joy and Walker chat with Meghan Telpner, a Toronto-based author, speaker, nutritionist, and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. She’s written two bestselling books: UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health and The UnDiet Cookbook. Meghan’s success in cultivating a global community of UnDiet enthusiasts and Culinary Nutrition Experts has garnered her a feature in Forbes, and ranked her as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada. 
    In this episode Meghan discusses the big changes she’s recently made in her career and the new direction in which she’s being called to serve. This exciting change includes sharing information on coherence practices, what they are, and how you can use them in your life to create more confidence, trust, and courage in making the best decisions for you and your family. After hearing Meghan speak you’ll be ready to get still and reconnect with your truest sense of self. 
    If you’re looking for actionable steps to help you find stillness, clear your mental clutter, and reconnect with your intuition, you won’t want to miss a moment of this chat! Meghan clearly and simply explains exactly how to start your own coherence practice, today! So grab your favourite soothing tea, settle in with your notebook, and get ready to tap into your intuitive power!
     
    Episode Highlights:
    Meghan’s health journey and how it inspired her to learn about nutrition.  Her journey learning how to cook- from canned pasta sauce to the creation of her own cooking school, the Academy of Culinary Nutrition! How she continues to teach at the edge of her knowledge in order to create the change she wants to see in the world.  The importance of understanding that what we need today may not be what we need tomorrow and being open to growing and changing.  The big changes Meghan is making to her career and how she came to those decisions.  The role her intuition played in her decision making process. What intuition can look like for different people.  The difference between expansive and contractive thoughts.  Her advice for people struggling to find the courage to listen to their intuition.  The importance of removing distraction to move towards wholeness. The connection between connecting with who you are at your core and the courage to follow your intuition.  The power of finding stillness and quiet (and how to do it!) to connect with the truest version of yourself.  What is the flow state and how it relates to your sense of self.  How to clear the “clutter” in your life to find out who you really are. How to become a co-creator in the most magical life you can imagine.  How to facilitate becoming more intuitive in as little as 5 minutes a day.  Why finding the balance between pragmatism and intuition is key for finding harmony in your life.  Her new programs that include movement and coherence practices, designed to help people activate their creative mind.  How coherence practices can help create supportive communities.  How healthy conflict can help you learn more about yourself and the world around you. The power of going through your day looking for magic and how it impacts your brain. Why food, exercise, and supplements are not the only pillars that we need for optimal health. The importance of social connection, love, gratitude, and appreciation for one another to build the world we want to live in.  What does it mean to be a highly sensitive person and how does that connect with intuition?  
    Resources:
    Meghan Telpner on Instagram
    Meghan Telpner on Facebook
    Free Coherence Session 
    Meghan Telpner’s Website
    Rise & Shine Intuition Masterclass
    4-Week Wake Up 
    The Academy of Culinary Nutrition
     
    More about Joyous Health:
      Check out our award-winning blog Joyous Health   Check out Joy’s bestselling cookbooks   Sign up for the Joyous Health newsletter   Follow Joyous Health on Instagram   Find Joyous Health on Facebook   Learn more abou

    • 57 min
    A Gentle, Balanced Approach to Managing Anxiety with Meg De Jong, Holistic Nutritionist

    A Gentle, Balanced Approach to Managing Anxiety with Meg De Jong, Holistic Nutritionist

    This week, Joy chats with Meg De Jong, a holistic nutritionist whose areas of expertise include nutrition for anxiety and gut health. Her deepest desire is to support people in truly thriving in their bodies and minds. She teaches her clients to eat in a more self loving way that helps them feel grounded, calm, and nourished, while addressing underlying health imbalances that can worsen anxiety. Meg went through many of her own health challenges, which led to her work ensuring that fewer people are left confused and struggling like she once was. 
    In this episode she discusses factors that increase your risk of developing anxiety, how hormones impact mental health, and the foods and nutrients you can incorporate to support your body and mind. She highlights the importance of being gentle with yourself and pursuing a balanced approach to managing your anxiety that includes body-loving lifestyle tips. After hearing Meg speak you will be filled with hope and optimism for an anxiety-free future! 
    If you struggle with anxiety, you won’t want to miss a moment of this chat. This episode is packed with gentle, but actionable tips that you can start incorporating straight away to nourish your body and feed your soul to support optimal mental health. Grab your favourite cup of nervous-system soothing tea, settle in with your notebook, and get ready to learn how to thrive!
     
    Episode Highlights:
    Why learning nutritional tips to manage anxiety are more important than ever. Why it’s important to approach managing anxiety in different ways.  Meg’s health journey, which included an eating disorder, OCD, and anxiety.  Her experience with medication and the path she took to support her body.  How Cognitive Behaviour Therapy played a crucial role in her healing journey.  Why coffee can be a trigger for anxiety and why you shouldn’t quit cold turkey. What factors can put you at an increased risk of developing anxiety.  The connection between IBS and anxiety.  How your hormones can contribute to anxiety.  Why women are twice as likely to develop anxiety over men.  The role of the gut/brain axis and why it matters.  Foods that can make anxiety symptoms worse. What the Standard American Diet is and why it doesn’t support mental health.   How the microbiome can impact neurotransmitter production.  The connection between gut inflammation and brain inflammation in mental health.  The role of undiagnosed food allergies (such as gluten, dairy, etc.) in contributing to anxiety.  How removing alcohol when you’re struggling with acute anxiety can improve your mood and gut health.  Why elimination diets are so helpful for determining food allergies.  How she encourages her clients to mindfully pay attention to labels and food additives to discover links between food and mood.  The power of intuition combined with working with a practitioner when figuring out triggers.  How nutrition school helped her make peace with food and her body.  How she balances food fear and education to empower her clients to make the best choices for themselves.  The importance of finding the balance between soul nourishment and foods that make us feel good.  Why you shouldn’t get your health advice solely from instagram.  Meg’s 4 Pillars of how to Eat to Ease Anxiety.  Foods and nutrients Meg recommends her clients take for anxiety.  Why fermented foods should be a part of any anxiety-reducing diet.  The importance of rebuilding our nutrient stores after stress to support brain health.  The connection between vitamin D deficiency and anxiety.  Meg’s favourite herb to recommend for anxiety.  Her favourite before bed tea (hint- our TLC Tea contains Meg’s fave sleepy time herb!) Which lifestyle habits can contribute to anxiety.  How getting into nature can calm the nervous system.  The importance of community and connection when supporting mental health.  Why you need to find the purpose that feeds your soul.  How pestici

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Hacking Your Way to Optimal Health with Bryce Wylde, Natural Health Expert

    Hacking Your Way to Optimal Health with Bryce Wylde, Natural Health Expert

    This week, Joy and Walker chat with Bryce Wylde, one of Canada's leading alternative health experts, Bryce is a highly knowledgeable and respected natural healthcare practitioner whose specialty is homeopathy, clinical nutrition, supplementation, and botanical medicine and whose focus is rooted within functional medicine. He’s been a guest expert on Cityline, The Marilyn Dennis Show, and Dr. Oz where he’s shared his knowledge on genetics and immunity for optimal health. 
    In this episode Bryce discusses the importance of figuring out your unique genetic predispositions and supporting your optimal health with evidence-based supplements and lifestyle habits. He dives deep into the power we have to turn certain genes off or on in order to promote optimal health for a long lifespan. After listening to this episode you’ll be empowered to take control of your health by balancing your immune function and lowering chronic inflammation through personalized health hacks. 
    If you’re ready to nerd out on genetics, superfoods, powerful supplements, and other natural health hacks then you won’t want to miss this episode. Grab your favourite cup of green tea, settle in with your notebook, and get ready to learn how to best support your personalized optimal health! 
     
    Episode Highlights:
    How Bryce got started in television and shared his natural health knowledge with the audience.  The importance of theanine for brain health and function and what form is best.  Why the form of ingredient in your supplement matters more than the brand name.  Why drinking green tea alone may not be enough to get you to the clinical dose for theanine’s therapeutic effects.  How theanine counteracts the effects of caffeine to prevent the jitters.  The new meditation device that can help safely stimulate alpha waves in minutes.  Why we should be incorporating medicinal mushrooms into our diets.  How your genes impact your metabolism of compounds like caffeine.  Bryce’s perspective on the pros and cons of genetic companies like 23 and Me. The difference between association and causation when it comes to how genes impact health.  How different gene variations can impact the way they’re expressed in your life.  The importance of not considering genetic predisposition as the final say in whether you will or won’t develop a certain disease or condition. The empowering knowledge that you can change the expression of your genes through diet and lifestyle habits.  The impact of estrogen dominance and the simple lifestyle change that helps manage symptoms.  The role of methylation in health and how you can support it with the right nutrients.   The most common health concern he sees in his practice.  How he uses herbs and nutraceuticals to support immune health in his clients.  The importance of regulating, not just boosting, immune function.  The role of inflammation in chronic health conditions.  The difference between the innate and adaptive immune system.  What defines a robust immune system.  Some of the most exciting new products at the Expo West. The power of quercetin and what form to look for.  Why personalized immune support can make a huge difference in health. The next hot superfood: graviola leaf! How the immune system develops throughout our lifetime.  The link between a healthy immune function and inflammation.  The power of the cruciferous vegetable family!  The role of fibre in supporting gut and immune health.  Why beets make a great pre-workout superfood.  The top things Bryce recommends to support your immunity.  
    Resources:
    Bryce Wylde on IG
    Wylde on Health Website
    Work With Bryce Wylde
    Wylde on Health DNA Clinic
    The DNA Company
    Personalized Immune Support- Mymmunity- 15% discount applies automatically at check out!
    BrainSpanners Book
    More on Graviola
    NOW Foods Graviola
    Agravitae Graviola Infused Latte Bars
     
    More about Joyous Health:
      Check out our award-winning blog Joyous H

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
206 Ratings

206 Ratings

DJC9698 ,

Love, love

Fab podcast.

mnonoemia ,

Awesome podcast

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and by brining on speakers that are experts in their field and that I can understand. It helps me on my wellness journey.

Jdenb434 ,

Informative, but...

I like this podcast because Joy is very knowledgeable and passionate about health. That being said, I wish that Joy would ask more thought provoking questions and spend more time letting her guests speak rather than her talking about her own preferences or experiences about a topic, food, idea, etc.
Regardless, this is a great podcast and has helped me so much in my health journey.

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