328 episodes

Laura is a Certified Life, Health, Nutrition Coach, and Wellness professional.
She's a two-time breast cancer survivor living with metastatic disease.

Laura supports women in dropping their warrior shield after a diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer so they can release the pressure to go back to normal and create a life that's even better than before breast cancer.

These twice-weekly episodes give you tools you can apply to your life today, to support your body and your mind as you manage life after breast cancer.

Better Than Before Breast Cancer with The Breast Cancer Recovery Coach Laura Lummer

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 143 Ratings

Laura is a Certified Life, Health, Nutrition Coach, and Wellness professional.
She's a two-time breast cancer survivor living with metastatic disease.

Laura supports women in dropping their warrior shield after a diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer so they can release the pressure to go back to normal and create a life that's even better than before breast cancer.

These twice-weekly episodes give you tools you can apply to your life today, to support your body and your mind as you manage life after breast cancer.

    How Imperfect Actions After Breast Cancer Can Lead to Amazing Outcomes

    How Imperfect Actions After Breast Cancer Can Lead to Amazing Outcomes

    In 2011 when I heard the words, “You have breast cancer.” It was scary, I was confused, overwhelmed, and ignorant of all the things involved in the journey that was to come. 

    In 2020 when I heard the words, “You have cancer throughout your body.”  I thought my life was over. But, after I recovered from the shock I made a decision to figure out how other people healed from cancer and how I could do it too. 

    I’ve been on this path for nearly three and a half years now. 

    There’s been a lot of time, effort, determination, frustration, money, fear, joy, excitement, and learning along the way.   

    It hasn’t been linear and I haven’t always stuck to my plan but I continue to work on getting better and in this episode, I’m going to share with you the results of all the imperfect actions I’ve taken along the way. 

    I say imperfect actions because who knew if they would work or not? 

    Who knew if they were the “right” things to do or not? 

    We never really know until we’re on the other side. 

    I hope this episode will give you the encouragement and support to let go of second-guessing and jump into taking your own imperfect actions on the way to creating your life that’s better than before breast cancer™ 
     

    Helpful links: 

    Work with Laura 

    The Metabolic Approach to Cancer 

    Radical Remission 
     
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    • 21 min
    The Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushrooms After Breast Cancer

    The Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushrooms After Breast Cancer

    In this episode, we delve into the natural wonders of Turkey Tail mushrooms (Trametes versicolor).  

    I’ll share some personal insights and evidence-based benefits of integrating Turkey Tail mushrooms into the recovery process, highlighting its potential in immune support and cancer care. 

    Turkey Tail mushrooms have captivated the wellness community with their striking beauty and profound health benefits for centuries. 

    Rich in antioxidants and polysaccharides, such as beta-glucans, these mushrooms offer a natural boost to the body's defense system.  

    The episode shines a light on the scientific research surrounding Turkey Tail mushrooms, particularly their role in supporting cancer treatment and the immune system. 

    Show Notes: 

    Introduction to Turkey Tail mushrooms and their ancient use in traditional medicine. 
    Overview of key components: antioxidants and polysaccharides, including beta-glucans. 
    Discussion on the immune-boosting benefits and supportive role in cancer care. 
    Practical tips for incorporating Turkey Tail mushrooms into daily routines. 
    Reminder to consult with healthcare providers before starting new supplements. 
    Encouragement to embrace natural aids in the healing journey post-breast cancer. 

     

    Referred to in this episode: 

    Fantastic Fungi Documentary 

    Paul Stamets Ted Talk on Turkey tail and other mushroom benefits 

    Books: 
    Medicinal Mushrooms The essential guide 

    Articles and studies: 
    What Is Agarikon Mushroom? 
    Medicinal Mushrooms (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version 

    Turkey Tail Mushrooms For Cancer Treatment?
    Supplements: 


    Turkey Tail Mushroom Supplement 

    Food: 

    Hearts of Palm Rice 

    Companies I use: 

    Earthborn 

    Four Sigmatic 

    Host Defense 

     
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    • 23 min
    Self-Care After Breast Cancer - How to Honor Your Own Boundaries

    Self-Care After Breast Cancer - How to Honor Your Own Boundaries

    Self-care is an important part of breast cancer recovery.
    But, to practice it consistently, you must have clarity and confidence in your own boundaries. By learning to prioritize your own needs and well-being, you empower yourself to navigate life with resilience and strength.
    In this episode we’ll explore what it means to create and honor personal boundaries, including the power of saying no without guilt and the significance of self-compassion in this journey. By tuning into your own needs and learning to communicate them effectively, you create a safe space for healing and growth.
    Join me as we uncover the transformative power of embracing healthy boundaries in your self-care routine.
    Listen now and equip yourself with the tools to honor yourself on this path to recovery and beyond.
    Referred to in this episode:
    Better Than Before Breast Cancer Life Coaching Membership
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
     
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    • 22 min
    How to Manage Oxalates After Breast Cancer

    How to Manage Oxalates After Breast Cancer

    What to eat after a breast cancer diagnosis can be a major source of anxiety and even guilt.  

    Add on to that the scare tactics that many companies use to draw you in and you can end up with a lot of food fear. 

    One element found in plant foods is called oxalates, and these plant compounds are often hyped up to be dangerous for consumption. 

    In this episode, I’m going to give you the down low on oxalates so you can understand how they work, what they do in your body, how to manage them, and more importantly, how to continue to create, consume, and enjoy a healthy balanced diet without fear. 

    Listen now and let's step into more confidence when it comes to feeding your body well. 
     

    Referred to in this episode: 

    Understanding and Managing Oxalates Free Download 

    Work with Laura 

    Effect of Cooking on Oxalate Content of Foods.

    J Agric Food Chem 2005 Apr 20;53(8):3027-30. doi: 10.1021/jf048128d

    Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (Nutrition), Department 3354, University of Wyoming, 1000 East University Avenue, Laramie, Wyoming 82071, USA. 
     
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    • 34 min
    Breast Cancer and Your Hardwired Brain - Increase Your Capacity for Joy

    Breast Cancer and Your Hardwired Brain - Increase Your Capacity for Joy

    How can someone expect to have the ability to deal with and manage a breast cancer diagnosis when they never thought this would happen in their life? 

    Maybe they don’t. 

    But we do have the capacity to learn these skills. 

    In this episode we’ll talk about the challenge of overcoming how your brain is hardwired to freak out, to be fearful, and to think in worst-case scenarios. 

    You may think you’re stuck with all of these negative emotions because that’s just how your brain works, but that’s not the case. 

    We’ll talk about how to overcome your hardwiring so you can increase your capacity to feel at peace and create more joy in your life. 
     

    Referred to in this episode: 

    How to work with Laura 

    Episode #156 Breast Cancer and Scanxiety 
     
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    • 28 min
    Breast Cancer and the Beauty of Biodiversity

    Breast Cancer and the Beauty of Biodiversity

    The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can lead to a powerful disconnect from the body. 

    Many survivors feel betrayed by their own bodies and often that distance piles onto existing body image issues. 

    Sadly, when we lose connection with our bodies, there’s no way we can care for them in the ways necessary to support healing. 

    We lose sight of the magical interplay of our biology and how every part of our system has an important role and how strong and vital our connection to nature is. 

    Over recent decades this has led to a frightening reduction in the healthy biodiversity of the human gut. 

    In this episode, I hope to help you understand the beautiful ecosystem that is your body, and how important it is to understand the simple steps you can take to support increasing your own biodiversity. 

    Our gut health isn’t just a matter of poo. 

    Like the roots of a great tree is the foundation of the forest, our gut health affects our entire system, and getting to know and love how to support gut health can be a game changer for your body. 
     

    Listen now and hear about: 

    How human gut diversity is changing 

    What’s causing that to happen. 

    How our health is impacted by these changes 

    How you can turn the tide to support your metabolic health 

     

    Referred to in this episode: 

    Work with Laura 

    Akkermansia Muciniphila 

    How to choose a probiotic 

    Prebiotic foods 

    Probiotic foods 

    Studies: 
    Evaluation of the Effects Associated With the Administration of Akkermansia Muciniphila on Parameters of Metabolic Syndrome (Microbes4U) 

    Supplementation with Akkermansia muciniphila in overweight and obese human volunteers: a proof-of-concept exploratory study 
     
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
143 Ratings

143 Ratings

HHumiston ,

Resonated with this podcast and woman so deeply!

Laura is a true soul that has a gift to guide and deconstruct all the thoughts, emotions and science surrounding breast cancer and help navigate a path through it all with a deep level of compassion and understanding. Her podcast was the first podcast I turned to when I was first diagnosed and it saved me. She is a gift to this world and her insights have truly helped me immeasurably!

Connie 4490 ,

Blessed my life!

Laura Lummer is AWESOME! Her podcasts and YouTube channel have helped me beyond words. She is so motivational and nonjudgmental. I paid thousands of dollars for memberships and breast cancer recovery programs that gave me little information and left me feeling even more traumatized, pressured and shamed. BUT THIS PODCAST actually helped me heal emotionally and move forward. I just joined her membership program to try it out. Thank you Laura for being and sharing you!

Pjain27 ,

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Laura shines light on life with cancer…How we need to do hard talk and walk strong and be gentle with yourself! Very practical. All the best Laura to you 💐❤️

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