54 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 • 21 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 51: Why Meat Isn't the Problem with James Connolly

    EP 51: Why Meat Isn't the Problem with James Connolly

    Have you ever watched a vegan documentary and been so sickened and repulsed that you decided then and there to go vegan?I know I have. And I was vegan for many years until my health fell apart.While it’s evident that factory farming isn’t the answer, the politically-charged vegan agenda isn’t either.As I shared in Episode 50 (https://eatfor.life/ep-50-back-to-basics-what-is-food/), I’m deeply committed to asking big questions about food sustainability and its impact on our health. So today, I’m sharing an in-depth conversation with James Connolly, the producer of the documentary Sacred Cow.James Connolly is an artist, chef, non-profit founder, and documentary film producer with Archer Gray Productions (http://www.archergray.com/). He co-founded The Bubble Foundation, a non-profit focused on issues of wellness and food insecurity in inner-city public schools. James’ most recent film is Sacred Cow: The Nutritional, Environmental and Ethical Case for Better Meat, directed by Diana Rodgers.Listen to the full episode to hear:* The development of industrialized agriculture in response to the real need to feed more people, and the consequences to nutrition and climate that we live with today* Why we have to talk about race in the history of farming and agricultural policy in America* What the animal welfare movement gets right about industrial agriculture and why highly-processed plant-based foods aren’t the answer* How the rebranding of vegan to plant-based by massive corporate interests impacts our food system and nutritionLearn more about James Connolly:* Archer Gray (http://www.archergray.com/)* Instagram: @primatekitchen (https://www.instagram.com/primatekitchen/)* Sacred CowLearn 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:* Ishmael, Daniel Quinn* The Century of the Self*

    • 51 min
    EP 50: Back to Basics: What is Food?

    EP 50: Back to Basics: What is Food?

    In celebration of Eat for Life’s 50th episode, I’m exploring food.What role does your relationship with food play in your life? Do you see it as good, bad, or...

    • 27 min
    EP 49: Mold and Biotoxin Illness with Dr. Lauren Tessier

    EP 49: Mold and Biotoxin Illness with Dr. Lauren Tessier

    If you’re struggling with constant brain fog and fatigue despite lifestyle and dietary changes, biotoxin illness due to mold exposure may be to blame.Mycotoxins are dangerous byproducts of some molds and can be stored in your body’s fatty tissues. It’s something I commonly see in women with breast implants and autoimmune disease.Today, Dr. Lauren Tessier joins me for a very important conversation about biotoxin illness resulting from mold exposure.Dr. Lauren Tessier, is a naturopathic physician in Waterbury, Vermont. Her practice, Life After Mold, services those suffering from multi-symptom, multi-system illness, complicated by comorbid conditions such as multiple chemical sensitivities, mast cell activation syndrome, and chronic infections- including Lyme and co-infections.Dr. Tessier serves clients from all over the world, via in-office medical care or through educational wellness consults; she also provides one on one private training for practitioners looking to improve upon their mold-literate clinical skills.Listen to the full episode to hear:* The four main types of illnesses that can come from mold exposure* Why mold-related illnesses can be so hard to differentiate from other diseases such as Lyme* How mycotoxins impact your brain, nervous system, immune system and more* What you need to know about talking to your doctor about mycotoxin-related illnessLearn more about Dr. Lauren Tessier:* Life After Mold (http://www.lifeaftermold.com/)* Instagram: @LifeAfterMold (http://www.instagram.com/lifeaftermold)* Facebook: @LifeAfterMold (http://www.facebook.com/lifeaftermold)* Twitter: @LifeAfterMold (http://www.twitter.com/lifeaftermold)* Pinterest: @LifeAfterMold (http://www.pinterest.com/LifeAfterMold)* YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe-A-lXdJixyP1PZJT3EzuQ)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:* International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness (https://iseai.org/)

    • 38 min
    EP 48: How to Support Your Extreme Picky Eater with Jenny Friedman, MS, RD

    EP 48: How to Support Your Extreme Picky Eater with Jenny Friedman, MS, RD

    If you’re a parent with an extreme picky eater, meals can be an incredibly frustrating experience.Which is why today, I’m talking with Jenny Friedman about picky eating, food aversions, and how parents can better understand and navigate supporting their picky eaters and take some of the stress out of mealtimes.Jenny Friedman, MS, RD (http://jennyfriedmannutrition.com/), is a registered dietitian who specializes in pediatric extreme picky eating. Known for her playful and approachable style. Jenny is a leading resource for parents and professionals working with children who struggle to eat. She is the author of Stories of Extreme Picky Eating and shares her insight on her website and blog (http://jennyfriedmannutrition.com/).Listen to the full episode to hear:* How the “clean plate club” mentality or bargaining around foods can backfire* Ways to help your picky eater feel comfortable and confident in trying new foods* Why your child needs consistent meal and snack times* How playing with food can help kids engage with uncomfortable textures or sensations on their own terms* How to model healthy eating for older kidsLearn more about Jennifer Friedman, MS, RD:* Jenny Friedman Nutrition (http://jennyfriedmannutrition.com/)* Instagram: @FeedingPickyEaters (https://www.instagram.com/feedingpickyeaters/)* Stories of Extreme Picky Eating: Children with Severe Food Aversions and the Solutions That Helped ThemLearn 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/)

    • 36 min
    EP 47: Does Zinc Supplementation Deplete Copper? with Dr. Judith Bowman

    EP 47: Does Zinc Supplementation Deplete Copper? with Dr. Judith Bowman

    Our world is filled with dis- mis- and mal- information.I am amazed at how many articles and papers have diametrically opposed views about copper and zinc. So no wonder people are confused about the role these important nutrients play in human health. To be clear copper isn't bad and zinc isn't bad. Ideally, we want them in healthy, functional ranges. But myriad factors, including genetic susceptibility and environmental insults, are common among people that have an inability to regulate metals appropriately, especially copper.When copper is elevated, it becomes a pro-inflammatory agent and can cause a wide variety of issues, including dysregulation of estrogen receptors, leading to PMS and PMDD, high anxiety, depression, ADHD, and even fibromyalgia to name a few.Today I’m joined again by Dr. Judith Bowman to discuss the role copper and zinc play in regulating mood, hormone, and immune system function.Judith Bowman, MD co-founded Mensah Medical in 2008 with her colleague, Albert Mensah, MD. Dr. Bowman combines traditional medicine with the biochemical approach to treat the symptoms of behavioral and cognitive disorders, autism spectrum disorder, depression (including postpartum depression), anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other biochemical imbalances.Listen to the full episode to hear:* Why zinc is critical for enzyme production, cell reproduction, and methylation* How zinc supports your body’s ability to regulate minerals and metals in your cells* Why a healthy balance of zinc and copper is essential for mood regulation* The testing that can accurately reflect your zinc and copper levels, and the tests that are often misinterpreted* Copper’s links to reproductive cancers and tumor growthLearn more about Dr. Judith Bowman:* Mensah Medical (http://www.mensahmedical.com/)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 10: How Copper Toxicity Impacts Women with Dr. Judith Bowman (https://eatfor.life/ep-10-copper-toxicity-with-dr-judith-bowman/)* Eat for Life Ep 23: Stress Intolerance and Pyrrole Disorder with Dr. Judith Bowman (https://eatfor.life/ep-23-stress-intolerance-pyrrole-disorder-dr-judith-bowman/)* Zinc Deficiency: A Public Health Problem?

    • 39 min
    EP 46: How Oxalate Toxicity Impacts Your Health with Sally K. Norton, MPH

    EP 46: How Oxalate Toxicity Impacts Your Health with Sally K. Norton, MPH

    Kidney stones are a commonly known side effect of oxalate toxicity, but many people are unaware of the other serious symptoms oxalates can create.Over-consumption of oxalates can lead to joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, genital and rectal pain, and other health issues.Oxalate toxicity was uncovered over 100 years ago, yet few doctors are aware of the impact oxalates can have on human health, which is why I’m talking with Sally K. Norton, author of Toxic Superfoods, How Oxalate Overload is Making You Sick and How to Get Better. Sally K. Norton holds a nutrition degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Public Health. She uses a research-based approach to teaching about a simple way to reverse even serious health complaints with diet, by avoiding large quantities of natural toxic chemicals and crystals called oxalates. Oxalates are found in many of the foods we think are good for us. Much of her work involves re-educating people who have suffered from illnesses as a result from eating foods that are packed with oxalates.Listen to the full episode to hear:* What oxalates are and how they create deposits in your body over time* How oxalates impact the body across multiple organ systems and are even neurotoxic* How oxalates both exacerbate and cause gut issues* The “superfoods” that could actually be making you sick* Why you may have periods of being symptomatic long after limiting oxalates in your dietLearn more about Sally K. Norton, MPH:* SallyKNorton.com* Instagram: @toxicsuperfoods (https://www.instagram.com/toxicsuperfoods/)* Preorder: Toxic Superfoods, How Oxalate Overload is Making You Sick and How to Get BetterLearn 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:* Vulvar Pain Foundation (https://www.thevpfoundation.org/)* Peanut-induced acute oxalate nephropathy with acute kidney injury (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211913214000266)* Effect of cinnamon and turmeric on urinary oxalate excretion, plasma lipids, and plasma glucose in healthy subjects (https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/87/5/1262/4650348)* Transient Hyperoxaluria after Ingestion of Chocolate as a High Risk Factor for Calcium Oxalate Calculi (https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/185238)* Hyperoxaluria leads to dysbiosis and drives selective enrichment of oxalate metabolizing bacterial species in recurrent kidney stone endures (https://www.nature.com/articles/srep34712)* Oxalate, inflammasome, and progression of kidney disease (https://journals.lww.com/co-nephrolhypertens/Abstract/2016/07000/Oxalate,_inflammasome,_and_progression_of_kidney.15.aspx)

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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EP 51 with James Connolly

This episode was so relevant to all the false narratives being pushed on consumers by marketers and Hollywood. Thank you for your insight and for sharing that it is difficult to get it right but that seeing all sides and history definitely creates a better awareness for informed choices.

A must share episode for anyone concerned about the health and environmental consequences of the food industry.

Matt Maraldo ,

Cured me and then some

Sammi is on the forefront of a “new” and more advanced form of healthcare. We are all individuals and deserve an individual action plan to obtain optimal health based on real science and expertise. Sammi taught me how to promote real healing in my body through diet, nutrition, and movement. I was diagnosed with bi-polar 2 disorder and told to take meds for the rest of my life. These meds left me with many unwanted side effects. Now, I am off my meds and doing better than ever. I actually didn’t have a disorder, just a body that needed to heal. If you have the inclination and the opportunity to work with Sammi, I highly recommend it. She is truly something special.

Kcandson ,

Best podcast I listen to

Sammy has so much to offer and is so good at teaching. Her topics are very intriguing and informative. She has insight, empathy and experience. Her ability to help people heal is a godsend for my family.
Some podcast I listen to have a tendency to interrupt there guests. Not Sammy. Her habit of asking the right questions and giving her guest time to answer is great.

Alternative Health is a constantly changing field. I love the fact that she brings professional onto her podcast that a are in fields that overlap with hers and to be able to listen in as two professionals have a informative but understandable conversation is really great.
Thanks Sammy keep it up.

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