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Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist, bestselling author, mental health and mind expert. Each week the Dr. Leaf Podcast focuses on topics related to mental health and discusses ways to help you deal with issues including anxiety, depression, shame, guilt, PTSD, and more. Whether you are struggling in your personal life or simply want to learn how to understand and use your mind to live your best life, this podcast will provide you with practical tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health.

CLEANING UP THE MENTAL MESS with Dr. Caroline Leaf Dr. Caroline Leaf

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Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist, bestselling author, mental health and mind expert. Each week the Dr. Leaf Podcast focuses on topics related to mental health and discusses ways to help you deal with issues including anxiety, depression, shame, guilt, PTSD, and more. Whether you are struggling in your personal life or simply want to learn how to understand and use your mind to live your best life, this podcast will provide you with practical tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health.

    Episode #133: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome, Defeat Self-Doubt, Boost Your Self-Confidence, and Deal with Past Hurt and Rejection with master coach Kara Loewentheil

    Episode #133: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome, Defeat Self-Doubt, Boost Your Self-Confidence, and Deal with Past Hurt and Rejection with master coach Kara Loewentheil

    In this episode I interview master life coach Kara Loewentheil on how to overcome imposter syndrome, defeat self-doubt, boost your self-confidence, and deal with past hurt and rejection. Kara gives some great tips on how to "unf*ck your brain!"
    Kara Loewentheil is a Master Certified Coach with a B.A. from Yale and J.D. from Harvard Law. In the last three years after pivoting from a legal career, she has grown her life coaching business from 0 to 7 figures. She's the host of the iTunes top-rated self-help podcast Unf*ck Your Brain which has been downloaded over 5M times, and she has been featured in outlets like Marie Claire, Mind Body Green, MSN.com, and The Huffington Post. Kara lives in New York City.
    Learn more about Kara and her podcast at unfckyourbrain.com and find her on social media @karaloewentheil!
    Podcast Time Highlights:
    2:45 How Kara went from practicing law to deprogramming the patriarchy
    5:40 How perfectionism stops us from reaching our goals
    7:51 Shutting up your inner critic 
    11:55 Why faking it till you make it is fake news
    15:00 How to make your thinking 10% less worse
    20:00-22:51 How women are taught to have imposter syndrome about almost everything
    34:20 Why forgiveness is necessary for your mental health
    46:34 Are you results entitled?
    51:55 Why we overestimate how change works, and underestimate the power of true change
     
    For additional resources to help you on your mental health healing journey:
     
    Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app
     
    Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com
     
    Visit my website at www.drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
     
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    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!
    -Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolinel...
    -Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf
    -Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf
    -Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf
     
    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

    • 56 min
    Episode #132: How to recover from disordered eating + tips on overcoming guilt, shame, and perfectionism with therapist Megan Bruneau

    Episode #132: How to recover from disordered eating + tips on overcoming guilt, shame, and perfectionism with therapist Megan Bruneau

    We have all experienced shame before: the feeling that we are not enough, or that we do not live up to certain standards or ideals. But what happens when this shame spirals out of control? What happens when it overtakes our life, and affects the way we think and behave?
    In this week’s podcast I speak with Megan Bruneau, a psychologist and registered counselor who specializes in crisis support, compassion-based therapy and executive coaching, about the problem of shame, learning how to love yourself despite your imperfections, how to help someone with an eating disorder, the danger of medicalizing normal human emotions and why positive affirmations often fail. 
    Megan has been featured on national television programs like Good Morning America and The T.D. Jakes Show) and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen and Forbes. Using both her personal and professional experience, her goal is to teach people to face and learn to live with their imperfections and be kinder to themselves. As Megan says, we are all a journey, and we are all worthy of being loved, and there is room for both joy and sorrow in life. You don’t have to wait till you feel happy or look a certain way or have a particular life or succeed at something to feel like you belong and that you matter, because you are worthy, right here, right now. 
    Megan’s website: https://meganbruneau.com

    Follow Megan on social media:
     
    https://www.instagram.com/meganjbruneau/
    https://www.facebook.com/meganbruneauma
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5EC_tOiVRKk3ftpqTdviuw
     

    Podcast Time Highlights:
    3:00 Megan’s background and her personal battle with perfectionism and shame
    5:30 Why positive affirmations don’t work
    10:18 Why the happiness industry is dangerous
    12:43 Why we need to deal with difficult emotions
    20:00 What are some of the major issues we face today?
    25:00 How to heal eating disorders
    54:45 The importance of self-compassion and purpose 


     
    For additional resources to help you on your mental health healing journey:
    Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app
    Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com
    Visit my website at www.drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
     
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    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!
    Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/
    Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf
    Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf
    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com
     
    Disclaimer: The information offered in Dr. Leaf's books and materials are intended to serve as guidelines for managing toxic thoughts, emotions, and bodies and not as a replacement for pro

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    Episode #131: What to eat & what not to eat for optimal mental and brain health according to nutritional psychiatrist Dr. Georgia Ede

    Episode #131: What to eat & what not to eat for optimal mental and brain health according to nutritional psychiatrist Dr. Georgia Ede

    In this podcast I talk to Harvard-trained nutritional psychiatrist Dr. Georgia Ede about how certain diets can affect our mental wellbeing, what foods help the brain function best, and what foods to avoid if we want to heal and improve our mental and physical health. Dr. Ede, in both her personal life and practice, has found that making certain lifestyle modifications can help treat major mental health issues such as ADHD, depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Through her research, she has found that nutrition can help heal and restore brain function, empowering people to take back control over their mental state and their lives, without the stigma and negative side-effects so common to pharmacological treatments for mental distress.
    For more on Dr. Ede visit: https://www.diagnosisdiet.com
    Highlights from this episode:
    4:13-How Dr. Ede changed the way she treated mental health
    5:53-How nutrition affects mental health
    8:16-What is mental ill-health, and how can food help?
    9:00-Food myths, and the best way to eat for a healthy body and mind
    18:35-Is there one diet that works for everyone?
    24:00-How nutrition has changed her patients’ lives
    31:32-The biggest obstacles to nutrition and mental health
    43:00-Health and wellness trends to be careful of
    44:00-What we need to know about going plant-based
    49:40-How to do keto correctly
     
    For additional resources to help you on your mental health healing journey:
    Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app
    Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com
    Get my book Think and Eat Yourself Smart: https://drleaf.com/collections/all/products/think-eat-yourself-smart
    Visit my website at www.drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
     
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    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!
     
    Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/
    Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf
    Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf
     
    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com
     
    Disclaimer: The information offered in Dr. Leaf's books and materials are intended to serve as guidelines for managing toxic thoughts, emotions, and bodies and not as a replacement for professional medical advice. Please discuss specific symptoms and medical conditions with your doctor. Any use of this information is at the user’s discretion. Switch On Your Brain, LLC and the author make no representations or warranties that any individual will achieve a particular result. Any and all express or implied warranties, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are disclaimed. Switch On Your Brain, LLC and the author specifically disclaim any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the use or application of any information contained in these materials. Dr. Leaf is not a medical doctor, and nothing on this page should be se

    • 56 min
    Episode #130: Interview with happiness expert Gretchen Rubin on strategies for managing day-to-day anxiety + Myths about happiness, and tips to help you get more reading done

    Episode #130: Interview with happiness expert Gretchen Rubin on strategies for managing day-to-day anxiety + Myths about happiness, and tips to help you get more reading done

    In this episode I interview New York Times Bestselling author and happiness expert Gretchen Rubin on what happiness is, how we can achieve sustainable happiness in our lives, dangerous myths about happiness, essential strategies for managing anxiety, stress, and worry, how to get more reading done, and more!
    Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. In her work, she draws from cutting-edge science, the wisdom of the ages, lessons from popular culture, and her own experiences to explore how we can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.
    Podcast highlights:
    -5:24 Gretchen Rubin’s background 
    -6:54 What is happiness? And myths about happiness
    -7:51 Why we all have to figure out our own happiness project 
    -10:00 The importance of relationships & how to build healthy, strong and sustainable relationships 
    -14:02 Common barriers to happiness
    -21:42 How to form healthy habits
    -25:41 Anxiety and stress busting tips
    -39:55 How to stay focused and get more reading done 
    -45:30 What drifting is and how to stop being a "drifter"
     
    For more on Gretchen visit: https://gretchenrubin.com
     
    For additional resources to help you on your mental health healing journey:
    Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app
    Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com
    Visit my website at www.drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
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    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!
    Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/
    Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf
    Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf
     
    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

    • 58 min
    Episode #129: Interview with Dr. Steven Gundry on tips to keep your brain and body healthy as you age & prevent neurodegenerative diseases, the #1 danger in the American diet and more

    Episode #129: Interview with Dr. Steven Gundry on tips to keep your brain and body healthy as you age & prevent neurodegenerative diseases, the #1 danger in the American diet and more

    From the moment we are born, our cells begin to age. But aging does not have to mean decline. World-renowned surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry has been treating mature patients for most of his career. He knows that everyone thinks they want to live forever, until they hit middle age and witness the suffering of their parents and even their peers. So how do we solve the paradox of wanting to live to a ripe old age—but enjoy the benefits of youth?
    In this episode I interview renown cardiologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Steven Gundry to discuss how we may be living longer but not better, how to reverse the disease of aging and prevent Alzheimers, how some vegetables may actually be harming our health, how lectins could be related to the rise of autoimmune diseases, how to help children develop healthy habits, and so much more! 
    For more info on Dr. Gundry visit: https://drgundry.com
    I also highly recommend his books:
    The Plant Paradox: https://drgundry.com/books/
    The Plant Paradox Family Cookbook: https://drgundry.com/books/
    The Longevity Paradox: http://www.harperwave.com/book/9780062843395/The-Longevity-Paradox-Steven-R.-Gundry-MD/
    And follow him on social media:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drstevengundry/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrStevenGundry/
    Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/DrStevenGundry/
     
    Additional resources:
    Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app
    Register now for my 2020 Mental Health Summit Dec 3-5 in Dallas, TX! Early bird sale ends 3/31: https://www.drleafconference.com
    Visit my website at www.drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
     
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    NED Full Spectrum CBD products: To get 15% off your Ned order use code DRLEAF at checkout: https://helloned.com
     
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    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!
    Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/
    Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf
    Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf
    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com
     

    • 53 min
    Episode #128: Interview with Dr. Frank Lipman on how to cure seasonal affective disorder + dangerous wellness trends & simple tips to quickly boost mental and physical health

    Episode #128: Interview with Dr. Frank Lipman on how to cure seasonal affective disorder + dangerous wellness trends & simple tips to quickly boost mental and physical health

     In this episode I interview functional medicine expert Dr. Frank Lipman on eastern healing traditions that can help improve mental and physical health, how to improve our gut microbiome, how to beat seasonal affective disorder, why fake meat like the impossible burger is bad, the best and worst trends in wellness, and more! 
    For more information on Dr. Frank Lipman visit: https://drfranklipman.com
    Visit his wellness center: https://elevenelevenwellness.com
    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/DrFrankLipman/
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/drfranklipman 
    Instagram @franklipmanmd
    Sign up for his weekly newsletter: https://drfranklipman.com/subscribe/
     
    Additional resources:
    Get my new 21 day brain detox program here: https://theswitch.app
    Visit my website at www.drleaf.com for more resources, tips, and tools to help you improve and heal your mental health! And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to get even more mental self-care tips delivered to your inbox weekly and to see my upcoming events (you can sign up at drleaf.com!)
     
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    Follow me on social media for daily mental self-care tips!
    Instagram: @drcarolineleaf: https://www.instagram.com/drcarolineleaf/
    Facebook: Dr. Caroline Leaf: https://www.facebook.com/drleaf
    Twitter: @drcarolineleaf: https://twitter.com/DrCarolineLeaf
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/drcarolineleaf
     
    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 review on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you are listening! And don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with friends and family! I love seeing your posts on social media! For podcast sponsorship inquiries, questions regarding the episode, or topic suggestions please email dominique@drleaf.com

    • 41 min

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