37 episodes

Your health is a puzzle and your unique story matters. We help you put the pieces back together. We investigate the root causes of what’s going on in your brain and body so you can start to heal. We connect your physical, emotional, and spiritual health to help you find your own path to healing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, insomnia, chronic fatigue, PMS, and more.

Join nutritional therapist Samantha Gilbert as she dives deep into neuroscience, epigenetics, functional and micromolecular medicine, trauma and abuse, as well as spirituality and faith. Each episode of Eat For Life is a chance to take the next step in your healing process, explore how everything is connected, and reclaim your life.

Eat for Life Samantha Gilbert

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Your health is a puzzle and your unique story matters. We help you put the pieces back together. We investigate the root causes of what’s going on in your brain and body so you can start to heal. We connect your physical, emotional, and spiritual health to help you find your own path to healing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, insomnia, chronic fatigue, PMS, and more.

Join nutritional therapist Samantha Gilbert as she dives deep into neuroscience, epigenetics, functional and micromolecular medicine, trauma and abuse, as well as spirituality and faith. Each episode of Eat For Life is a chance to take the next step in your healing process, explore how everything is connected, and reclaim your life.

    EP 36: How to Tackle EMF Pollution with Nicolas Pineault

    EP 36: How to Tackle EMF Pollution with Nicolas Pineault

    Is your smartphone phone really bad for you?Our lives are increasingly full of wireless devices, from our phones, tablets and e-readers to our “smart” home appliances.We know there are mental health impacts from constant connection to the internet, work, social media and more through our phones, but our technology poses other risks too.Maybe you’ve been hearing people talk about the negative effects of magnetic fields and wondered if it’s really that bad. I can tell you, in my clinic, I have seen the devastating impact EMFs can have on mental, physical and emotional health.As a nutritional therapist, I’m usually talking about the toxins in our food supply, but we’re also constantly being exposed to toxins resulting from what today’s guest calls “electrical pollution.”Nicolas Pineault, “the EMF Guy,” is an advocate for safe technologies and the bestselling author of The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFsThrough his unconventional approach, blending humor, science and common sense, Nick has become a leading voice on the topic of electromagnetic pollution and its impacts on our health.I’m excited for you to hear our conversation as we dissect how EMFs affect mental health, cancer risk, infertility, cognitive function and aging.Listen to the full episode to hear:* What emerging research shows about the impact of EMFs on cancer risk and their classification as a carcinogen.* Why advocating for safer technology doesn’t mean you have to go back to the Stone Age.* What EMFs have in common with smog and glyphosate.* Simple steps to reduce your exposure in your home and office.Learn more about Nicolas Pineault:* The EMF Guy (https://theemfguy.com/)* The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs (https://nontinfoilemf.com/)* Electro-Pollution Fix (https://electropollutionfix.com/)* Smarter Tech Podcast (https://theemfguy.com/smarter-tech/)* Facebook: @NickPineaultOfficial (https://www.facebook.com/nickpineaultofficial)Learn more about Sami:* Eatfor.life (https://eatfor.life/)* Book Your Complimentary Consultation (https://eatfor.life/one-on-one/)* Eat For Life cookbooks for each unique biotype (https://eatfor.life/biotype-cookbooks/)

    EP 35: Integrative Mental Health Summit October 8-10

    EP 35: Integrative Mental Health Summit October 8-10

    Prior to 2020, an estimated 25% of adults struggled with a mental health condition. Since the beginning of the pandemic, with the added stressors and uncertainties many of us face, along with the toll of social and physical isolation, that number is estimated to have risen by 40%.
     
    The landscape of our collective mental health has likely permanently changed since the beginning of 2020.
     
    But accessing mental health care and support is still a challenge for many people, particularly for anyone looking outside the traditional model of managing symptoms with medication.
     
    And yet, there is a body of research that supports and validates the use of integrative strategies for treating mental health concerns by addressing root cause imbalances in the body that affect brain functioning and symptom presentation.
     
    Today, I’m joined by the executive directors of Journey’s Dream (http://www.journeysdream.org/) and the Mensah Research Institute (https://mensahresearch.org/), organizers of the Integrative Mental Health Summit (https://integrativementalhealthsummit.org/), October 8-10. This three-day online conference is intended for anyone and everyone facing mental health concerns by providing accessible resources and education.
     
    And I am so excited to announce that I will be delivering a keynote speech on October 8.
     
    Breaha Wallin is the co-founder and executive director of Journey’s Dream. She was inspired to co-found Journey’s Dream following her brother Journey’s struggle with his mental health and subsequent death in 2013. Breaha is co-creating a world where mental health recovery is the mainstream expectation and everyone has access to excellent multifaceted care.
     
    DJ Wells is the executive director of The Mensah Research Institute was founded as a conduit for conducting, supporting and presenting research efforts that provide scientific evidence of the efficacy of targeted nutrient therapy and other natural approaches to improving brain function and to enhancing and optimizing mind, body health and balance.
     
    Listen to the full episode to hear:

    * How mental health should be viewed as a spectrum from thriving to struggling, and why no point on the spectrum is permanent.
    * Why mental health support needs to go beyond addressing acute symptoms and become a preventative practice.
    * What integrative or functional medicine means when it comes to mental healthcare.

     
    Register for the Integrative Mental Health Summit (https://integrativementalhealthsummit.org/)
     
    Learn more about Breaha Wallin:

    * Journey’s Dream (http://www.journeysdream.org/)

     
    Learn more about DJ Wells:

    * Mensah Research Institute (https://mensahresearch.org/)

     
    Learn more about Sami:
     

    * Eatfor.life (https://eatfor.life/)
    * Book Your Complimentary Consultation (https://eatfor.life/one-on-one/)
    * Eat For Life cookbooks for each unique biotype (https://eatfor.life/biotype-cookbooks/)

    • 39 min
    EP 34: How to Support Your Behaviorally Challenged and Neurodivergent Child with Dr. Nicole Beurkens, PhD, CNS

    EP 34: How to Support Your Behaviorally Challenged and Neurodivergent Child with Dr. Nicole Beurkens, PhD, CNS

    Parenting in a post-pandemic world with masking requirements, Zoom school, and social distancing from friends and classmates is hard enough.
     
    Being a parent to a behaviorally challenged and neurodivergent child comes with unique challenges that for many, have been heightened by the pandemic.
     
    Anger, rage, extreme defiance, high anxiety and other behavioral and mental health issues can take a toll on you and on your relationship with your child.
     
    If you are a parent struggling with how to best support your child, this episode with Dr. Nicole Beurkens was made just for you.
     
    As a licensed clinical psychologist with advanced degrees in psychology, education and nutrition, Dr. Nicole is the world's leading holistic child psychologist. She has dedicated over 20 years to providing parents with research based strategies that get to the root of children's attention, anxiety, mood, and behavior challenges, so they can reach their highest potential. She runs a multi-disciplinary evaluation and treatment clinic and is a bestselling author, published researcher, award-winning therapist, media expert, and experienced mom of four.
     
    Nicole and I take a deep dive into how to see your child's greatness, how to set firm yet compassionate boundaries, specific tools and scripts you can use to interact with your child, and how to help them build the skills they are lacking to help improve their behavior.
     
    We also talk about the importance of diet, sleep, digestion, and hydration, and how a breakdown in these key areas can significantly impact their behavior.
     
    Helping your child develop skills for emotional self-regulation takes time, but consistency, compassion and hope will help you see and support their strengths as well as their challenges.
     
    Listen to the full episode to hear:

    * Why understanding that your child’s behavior is not about or a reflection of you is key to regulating your own emotional response.
    * How to empathetically acknowledge your child’s feelings while enforcing clear boundaries.
    * Why effective boundaries are about what you as the adult will or will not do, not what your child will do.
    * The basic foundations kids need to support their physiological and neurological functioning.

     
    Learn more about Dr. Nicole Beurkens, PhD, CNS:

    * DrBeurkens.com (http://www.drbeurkens.com/)
    * Instagram: @drnicolebeurkens (https://www.instagram.com/drnicolebeurkens/)

     
    Learn more about Sami:
     

    * Eatfor.life (https://eatfor.life/)
    * Book Your Complimentary Consultation (https://eatfor.life/one-on-one/)
    * Eat For Life cookbooks for each unique biotype (https://eatfor.life/biotype-cookbooks/)

    • 47 min
    EP 33: Autoimmune Disease and the Gut Microbiome with Kiran Krishnan

    EP 33: Autoimmune Disease and the Gut Microbiome with Kiran Krishnan

    23.5 million people in the United States suffer from at least one autoimmune condition and that number is rising fast.
    Worldwide, autoimmune diseases are increasing by 7% each year, with the biggest increases in celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, and myasthenia gravis. The most significant jumps are happening in the northern and western hemispheres.
    There are now over 100 different types of autoimmune diseases and I see them in over half of the people I serve in my clinic here in the United States.
    Autoimmune disorders impact every body system, including the brain, thyroid, blood, GI tract, nerves, lungs, skin, muscles and bones. And let's not forget the female reproductive system in conditions like PCOS and endometriosis, which I classify as autoimmune diseases.
    Where is this exponential rise coming from? And why do most people develop more than one autoimmune condition?
    To help explain why this is happening, I’ve brought back microbiologist Kiran Krishnan to talk about triggers, why diet and detox alone don't work, and why taking a deeper look at your GI tract and environment is key to healing.
    Kiran Krishnan is a Research Microbiologist and has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 18 years. He spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. He is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Microbiome Labs.
    Listen to the full episode to hear:

    * How the immune system relies on the microbiome to learn and adapt to your environment.
    * A breakdown of two major immune system processes and how they can trigger autoimmunity in a dysfunctional microbiome.
    * The three components of how an autoimmune disease is triggered.
    * Why trendy diets like keto might alleviate some symptoms now, but have big repercussions for your microbiome and immune system later.
    * Five warning signs of systemic inflammation that merit talking to your doctor.
    * A gut microbe you’ve probably never heard of that is associated with lots of autoimmune issues.

    Learn more about Kiran Krishnan:

    * Microbiome Labs (https://microbiomelabs.com/home/)

    Learn more about Sami:

    * Eatfor.life (https://eatfor.life/)
    * Book Your Complimentary Consultation (https://eatfor.life/one-on-one/)
    * Eat For Life cookbooks for each unique biotype (https://eatfor.life/biotype-cookbooks/)

    Resources:

    * Eat for Life Ep 17: Understanding the Human Microbiome with Kiran Krishnan (https://eatfor.life/ep-17-understanding-the-human-microbiome-with-kiran-krishnan/)
    * Bristol Stool Scale (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scale)

    • 48 min
    EP 32: Post-Concussion Syndrome Healing and Recovery with Dr. Titus Chiu

    EP 32: Post-Concussion Syndrome Healing and Recovery with Dr. Titus Chiu

    When you think of a concussion, do you picture a football player passed out on the field or someone who hit their head in a car accident?
    It may surprise you to learn that a concussion doesn’t ha...

    • 40 min
    EP 31: Why Anti-Diet Culture is Harmful with Mindy Gorman-Plutzer, FNLP

    EP 31: Why Anti-Diet Culture is Harmful with Mindy Gorman-Plutzer, FNLP

    Diet culture tells us “eat this, don’t eat that,” while anti-diet culture too often says, “eat whatever you want” even if it’s inflammatory and can feed health problems in the name of body positivity.
    Though at opposite ends of the spectrum, both embody rules that keep us disconnected from the cues our bodies are actually giving us about the foods we eat.
    In truth, diets and anti-diets trickle into all facets of our relationship with food, forming a belief system about what we should or shouldn’t put in our bodies based on someone else’s experiences.
    What if that “all foods” anti-diet makes you feel crappy later? What if your Whole30, intermittent fasting, paleo, AIP, keto, whatever diet makes you feel anxious, depressed or fill in the blank?
    Our bodies are unique and so are our needs and responses to different foods.
    What if instead we slowed down and really listened to our bodies? What if we rewrote our stories with food and empowered ourselves to make choices based on how a particular food feels in our body?
    I brought my dear friend and colleague Mindy Gorman-Plutzer back on the show to talk about how both diet and anti-diet culture profits off of disconnection with our bodies. We also talk about the challenge with anti-diet culture and the true meaning of being an intuitive eater.
    Mindy Gorman-Plutzer (https://thefreedompromise.com/) is a Certified Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle practitioner and Eating Psychology Coach with over 25 years in practice. Mindy's life experience and training inspired her to create a framework that combines functional nutrition, positive psychology, and mind-body science.
    She's also the author of The Freedom Promise: 7 Steps To Stop Fearing What Food Will Do TO You and Start Embracing What It Can Do FOR You (https://bookshop.org/books/the-freedom-promise-7-steps-to-stop-fearing-what-food-will-do-to-you-and-start-embracing-what-it-can-do-for-you/9781452519548).
    Listen to the full episode to hear:

    * What anti-diet culture gets wrong about intuitive eating
    * The difference between being in relationship with your body and honoring it and restriction
    * Why emotional eating is not the same as compulsive eating, and why it’s okay to bring your feelings to the table
    * Steps to begin reconnecting with your body and tuning in to your cues and responses

    Learn more about Mindy Gorman-Plutzer, FNLP, CEPC, CHHC:

    * The Freedom Promise (https://thefreedompromise.com/)
    * The Freedom Promise: 7 Steps To Stop Fearing What Food Will Do TO You and Start Embracing What It Can Do FOR You (https://bookshop.org/books/the-freedom-promise-7-steps-to-stop-fearing-what-food-will-do-to-you-and-start-embracing-what-it-can-do-for-you/9781452519548)

    Learn more about Sami:

    * Eatfor.life (https://eatfor.life/)
    * Book Your Complimentary Consultation (https://eatfor.life/one-on-one/)
    * Eat For Life cookbooks for each unique biotype (https://eatfor.life/biotype-cookbooks/)

    Resources:

    * Eat for Life Episode 21: Disordered Eating Recovery with Mindy Gorman-Plutzer (https://eatfor.life/ep-21-disordered-eating-recovery-mindy-gorman-plutzer/)
    * Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Anti-Diet Approach, 4th Ed. (https://bookshop.org/books/intuitive-eating-4th-edition-a-revolutionary-anti-diet-approach/9781250255198), Evelyne Tribole, Elyse Resch

     

    • 40 min

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