100 episodes

Everyday Wellness is not just another health podcast. Your host, Cynthia Thurlow (nurse practitioner and nutrition/IF expert) has over 20 years of experience in clinical medicine and wellness. Her mission is to bring you the best, science-backed yet practical information to improve your physical and mental wellness every day. She is a busy mompreneur and knows how important your time is. She has designed this podcast to be short in time and big on impact. She interviews a variety of guests in the field of health and wellness, and discusses important issues and provide practical strategies that you can use in your real life.

Everyday Wellness Everyday Wellness: Cynthia Thurlow, NP

    • Nutrition
    • 4.8 • 123 Ratings

Everyday Wellness is not just another health podcast. Your host, Cynthia Thurlow (nurse practitioner and nutrition/IF expert) has over 20 years of experience in clinical medicine and wellness. Her mission is to bring you the best, science-backed yet practical information to improve your physical and mental wellness every day. She is a busy mompreneur and knows how important your time is. She has designed this podcast to be short in time and big on impact. She interviews a variety of guests in the field of health and wellness, and discusses important issues and provide practical strategies that you can use in your real life.

    Continuous Glucose Monitors: Why They’re Not Just for Diabetics Anymore with Kara Collier

    Continuous Glucose Monitors: Why They’re Not Just for Diabetics Anymore with Kara Collier

    We are excited today to have Kara Collier joining us as our guest. Kara is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician with a background in clinical nutrition, nutrition technology, and entrepreneurship. After becoming frustrated with the traditional healthcare system, Kara helped start the company NutriSense, where she is now the Director of Nutrition. She is the leading authority on the use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology, particularly in non-diabetics for health optimization, disease prevention, and reversing metabolic dysfunction. Kara oversees the health team and product development and has personally interpreted thousands of complex glucose datasets.
    Part of Kara’s frustration with the Western medical mindset is that in a hospital or clinical setting, the priority is usually to medicate and treat people as quickly as possible and then get them out. People are in and out of the hospital all the time, and they are suffering because the root cause of their problem, which is usually their lifestyle, is not getting addressed. In this episode, Kara talks about blood sugar levels and explains why CGMs (continuous glucose monitors) are useful for everyone and not just diabetics. Be sure to stay tuned to learn how food influences your blood sugar and how you can make the best nutritional choices for your health and wellness. 
    Show highlights:
    Kara explains what it was about the traditional Western medicine mindset related to food and nutrition that prompted her to second guess what she was doing. Kara defines normal in terms of what we would ideally like to see for a fasting glucose level. What people need to be concerned about regarding their hemoglobin A1C. Kara discusses where she prefers to see the ranges for fasting insulin. Some of the things that can influence someone's postprandial reading. Kara explains what happens in our bodies when our blood sugar values are not where they should be. Kara discusses what she is seeing in terms of the impact on glucose from certain types of diets, like keto and vegan. The differences between men and women. What a CGM is. Why should everyone wear a CGM, not just diabetics. How different types of exercise impact your blood sugar values. The benefits of fasting and the impact of fasting on your blood sugar.
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    Connect with Kara
    On the NutriSense website

    • 52 min
    Bucking the Biggest Medical Lie: How the Foundation for Your Good Health Starts with the Foods You Eat with Dr. Cate Shanahan

    Bucking the Biggest Medical Lie: How the Foundation for Your Good Health Starts with the Foods You Eat with Dr. Cate Shanahan

    Today, we are excited to have Dr. Cate Shanahan joining us as our guest. Dr. Cate is a board-certified family medicine physician and a globally recognized metabolic health expert who has changed the nutrition conversation. If you have heard that vegetable oils are unhealthy and that bone broth is part of a healthy diet, that was thanks to Dr. Cate’s books, blogs, and her work with the LA Lakers and other legendary sports franchises. 
    Dr. Cate started her career with a traditional, Western medicine mindset which does not focus on food as an integral part of health and wellness. She went through all her medical training, hoping to find the underlying cause of her sports injuries, but unfortunately never got there. Then she got sick with a knee infection, and when nothing else worked, she started to question everything she had ever learned about nutrition. 
    In this episode, Dr. Cate shares her journey to wellness, tells the story of the biggest medical lie, and explains the trap people get sucked into with certain aspects of the medical system. She also explains how the foundation for your good health starts with the food you eat. Stay tuned today to hear those stories, and learn how to best support the complex physiology of your body so that it can function at its normal and fullest level.
    IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:
    Dr. Cate explains what fueled her desire to learn more about health and wellness. How biochemistry gave Dr. Cate the confidence to go against what she had been taught. Why seed and vegetable oils are your number one health enemy. The “hateful eight” oils that you should always avoid eating. The story behind the biggest medical lie.  The story of the origin of the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association is the source of the current nutritional dogma. What the profits over health mindset has led to. The shift that Dr. Cate experienced while living in Hawaii. The effects that seed and vegetable oils have on the body over time. The truth about cholesterol. Why seed oils are a driving factor for the pandemic. Some critical steps you can take towards changing to a healthier diet.

    Connect with Cynthia Thurlow
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    Check out Cynthia’s website

    Connect with Dr. Cate Shanahan
    On her website  
    Books by Catherine Shanahan MD:
    Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food
    The Fatburn Fix: Boost Energy, End Hunger, and Lose Weight by Using Body Fat for Fuel
    Food Rules: A Doctor's Guide to Healthy Eating
    Book mentioned:
    Spontaneous Healing by Andrew Weil

    • 48 min
    The Paleolithic Way of Eating: Optimum Nutrition for Optimum Health with Robb Wolf

    The Paleolithic Way of Eating: Optimum Nutrition for Optimum Health with Robb Wolf

    We are thrilled and excited today to have Robb Wolf as our guest. Robb is a former research biochemist, a two-time New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired to Eat, and co-author of Sacred Cow. He has helped transform lots of lives and thousands of people across the world with his podcasts, books, and seminars. He has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, and is a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency Program, and serves on multiple boards.
    Robb was once a state power-lifting champion, and he has always been interested in human performance. Both his parents were quite sick, and observing their downward health slide, Robb suspected that there could be a better way to live, for better outcomes. His lifestyle eventually led him to a health crisis, which brought him to an ancestral way of living and eating and then to the paleolithic diet. In this episode, Robb shares his journey and talks about his books. Be sure to listen in today to find out what Robb has to share about the paleo diet and the importance of optimum nutrition for optimum health.  
    IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:
    Robb shares his background. Robb shares how he started developing an ancestral health model. About Robb’s first book, The Paleo Solution. It sold nearly a million copies. Some of the dogma that has been disproven about eating a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet. The importance of getting enough protein in your diet. Robb shares some strategies to get people to boost their protein intake. Robb explains the importance of having enough stomach acid. Why and how the book Sacred Cow that Robb co-authored with Diana Rodgers came about. Robb talks about his surprising discovery that there is very little nutritional difference between meat from grass-fed animals and those raised conventionally. Animals could get treated better before they get slaughtered. The electrolytes in Robb’s LMNT powder have been assisting first responders and boosting women’s breast milk.
    Connect with Cynthia Thurlow
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    Connect with Robb Wolf
    Join the Healthy Rebellion
    Robb’s website
    The Healthy Rebellion Podcast
    On Instagram     
    On Twitter    
    LMNT

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Middle Age, Menopause, and Mindset: How These Components Affect Your Thyroid Health with Elle Russ

    Middle Age, Menopause, and Mindset: How These Components Affect Your Thyroid Health with Elle Russ

    We are delighted to have Elle Russ joining us today! Elle is the author of the book Confident as Fu*k, and the best-selling book, The Paleo Thyroid Solution, which has helped thousands of people around the world reclaim their health. Elle is also a TV and film writer, and she hosts two podcasts, The Primal Blueprint Podcast and Kickass Life Podcast. 
    Elle’s story is a powerful one. It pushed her into being an advocate for helping people to understand what goes on with their thyroid because, in many ways, most people are not treating their thyroid problems as proactively as they could be doing. 
    In this episode, Elle shares her background and discusses the importance of the thyroid gland, its physiology, negative and positive feedback loops, hormones, the lifestyle piece, and the effects of fasting on your thyroid health. Be sure to tune in today to gain a deeper understanding of your thyroid gland, and become empowered to advocate for yourself. 
    IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:
    Elle shares her story. About the physiology of the thyroid gland. The six main tests that you need to get if you suspect you might have a problem with your thyroid. How the feedback loops work with your thyroid hormones. The lifestyle piece is critical to maintaining a healthy thyroid. The best combination of pills to take for your thyroid hormones. Some of the things that could impact the conversion of synthetic T4 to the active form of thyroid hormone, T3. The impact of middle age, perimenopause, menopause, and fasting on your thyroid health. The mindset component of hypothyroidism.
    Connect with Cynthia Thurlow
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    Connect with Elle Russ
    Elle’s Website  
    Confident As Fu*k 
    The Paleo Thyroid Solution 
    Books mentioned: 
    Stop the Thyroid Madness by Janie A. Bowthorpe
    Recovering With T3 by Paul Robinson

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Cholesterol Obsession: Why It's the Intellectual Property of the Animal Kingdom with Dave Feldman

    Cholesterol Obsession: Why It's the Intellectual Property of the Animal Kingdom with Dave Feldman

    We are excited to have Dave Feldman joining us as our guest for today’s show. Dave is a Senior Software Engineer who became obsessed with cholesterol after seeing his levels rise on a ketogenic diet. That led to his observation of the “Lipid Energy Model” to help explain these changes, and he has since conducted over fifty experiments that demonstrate rapid changes of lipid levels using this new understanding. 
    Dave has done some very interesting work. He admits to being a bit obsessed with cholesterol, which is a synthesized organic molecule that binds every single cell in our bodies. He describes it as “the intellectual property of the animal kingdom”. In this episode, he talks to us about what opened up his interest in cholesterol, what cholesterol represents, and how it works in the body. He also discusses how the cholesterol paradigm has shifted, the effects of a ketogenic diet on cholesterol levels, and he explains his Lipid Energy Model. Dave can dilute the very complicated information about cholesterol and makes it accessible, so stay tuned to find out all you need to know about cholesterol, lipids, and triglycerides.
    IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:
    What cholesterol represents, why you should be concerned about it, and how that paradigm has shifted. Why cholesterol would go up on a low carb diet. The risk associated with the changes in lipids for low carb. What surprised Dave when he looked at his lab results before, and then after starting keto. Dave’s fascinating Lipid Energy Model. What and who the lean-mass hyper-responders are. How you can hack your labs. How rapidly your blood work numbers can change, and the importance of being transparent with your health-care provider. Why some people remain insulin resistant when they are ketogenic, and whether or not that is acceptable. Whether or not Dave thinks that whole carbs will oxidize. How can we truly answer the question of risk in this uncharted territory?
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    Connect with Dave Feldman
    Dave’s website
    Dave on Instagram
    Dave on Twitter    
    Dave on Facebook

    • 47 min
    Sleep Hygiene: What Happens to Your Body While You Sleep, with Doc Parsley

    Sleep Hygiene: What Happens to Your Body While You Sleep, with Doc Parsley

    We have Doc Parsley (Dr. Kirk Parsley) joining us as our guest for today. He served as the Undersea Medical Officer at Naval Special Warfare Group One from 2009 to 2013. There, he led the development and supervised the group’s first Sports Medicine Rehab center. He is a former SEAL, and he received his medical training in Bethesda, at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He interned in OBGYN at Balboa Naval Hospital and subsequently completed a Navy residency in Hyperbarics and Diving Medicine in 2006. Doctor Parsley is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and served as Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine. 
    His philosophy for wellness is simple: to optimize our health and get the most out of our bodies and minds, we must live more closely to the way we evolved as a species. He believes that many diseases and disorders that we accept as “inevitable” in modern society are unnecessary complications of poor sleeping habits, living in a toxic environment, eating foods we were not designed to digest, and allowing stress to overwhelm us. His passion is to help his patients and clients achieve the highest quality of life possible, and realize their health, performance, and longevity goals.
    Sleep is a pain point for so many of us. Doc Parsley is the sleep guru, and in this episode, he talks about his journey from being a Navy SEAL to becoming the sleep guru, the purpose of sleep, sleep hygiene, what happens to you when you sleep, and how sleep impacts your cognitive function. Be sure to stay tuned to find out why a good night’s sleep is foundational to your good health.
    IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:
    How Doc Parsley went from being a Navy SEAL to be the sleep guru. The purpose of sleep. What happens to your body when you are asleep. Why deep sleep is the exact opposite of fight or flight. How dreams are a rehearsal mechanism that is fundamental to learning. How a lack of sleep affects PTSD. What aligning your body’s normal rhythm with the circadian rhythm means. The function of cortisol. What happens to your brain and the quality of your sleep when you take certain types of sleep medications.  The purpose of melatonin. How changing your behavior impacts your sleep. What sleep hygiene is. Doc Parsley’s thoughts on EMF radiation. Sleep deprivation and ADD. The sleep products that Doc Parsley developed. Connect with Cynthia Thurlow
    Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn
    Check out Cynthia’s website

    Connect with Dr. Kirk Parsley
    Doc Parsley’s sleep ritualization       
    Doc Parsley’s website 

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

juniebea03 ,

Informative and Life Changing

This was a very eye opening podcast! Learning about the harmful effects of seed oils has inspired me to research further into this topic. It has also changed how I plan to order my food at restaurants, once we are able to dine in again. Thank you!

Heidi Frost ,

Sooo Good

Cynthia is a powerhouse! Inspiring episodes jam packed with value. Great interviews and relevant, captivating conversations. A go to on my list. This podcast is gold!!

CRF FNTP ,

An invaluable resource!

As a fellow FNTP who is always looking to expand my understanding of important, science-based, health and wellness topics, I truly appreciate this podcast which has quickly become one of my favorites due to consistently superior content and presentation. Cynthia is thoughtful, knowledgeable, and well-prepared. She adeptly navigates her role as host & interviewer while giving her guests space to share their knowledge and perspective.

We should all be discerning with our precious time, and this is always time well-spent.

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