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Existennial is a short show that muses on meaning for the millennial stuck in an existential crisis otherwise known as a Tuesday. 🙃 With warmth & wit, we'll investigate intentional living through a smorgasbord of science, spirituality, psychology, philosophy, pop culture, shower thoughts, and eavesdroppings. Talia Pollock is a writer, armchair philosopher & storyteller. Formerly the host & author of "Party in Your Plants," which put levity into eating well—her focus is now abolishing phony-baloney living to make depresh less by valuing our values more.

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Existennial Talia Pollock

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 366 Ratings

Existennial is a short show that muses on meaning for the millennial stuck in an existential crisis otherwise known as a Tuesday. 🙃 With warmth & wit, we'll investigate intentional living through a smorgasbord of science, spirituality, psychology, philosophy, pop culture, shower thoughts, and eavesdroppings. Talia Pollock is a writer, armchair philosopher & storyteller. Formerly the host & author of "Party in Your Plants," which put levity into eating well—her focus is now abolishing phony-baloney living to make depresh less by valuing our values more.

taliapollock.com | @imtaliapollock

    My Existentialism Story, What's a Narrative Identity?, And Why I 👎Advice. (+ refuse to say "frown lines")

    My Existentialism Story, What's a Narrative Identity?, And Why I 👎Advice. (+ refuse to say "frown lines")

    In this second episode of Existennial I explain my strong 👎of giving general life advice. (How-to's like how to layer rugs, keep a baby alive or pair wine with curry are guidance I appreciate.)

    I then talk about why I much prefer sharing ideas and sparking stuff for people with STORIES. I quote a Spanish philosopher's thoughts on being a teacher and then recap a smart psychologist's studies on "narrative identity," --> basically whether you're aware or not, we're each stringing snippets of our life together so our existence at least makes a little sense and isn't just some random series of events. Yeah, we go high brow.

    After that, I storytell my personal narrative ie. what happened with my [most recent] existential crisis.

    I wrap with some strong opinions on cheese, a major warning about The Bachelor Franchise, and a paraphrase of Neil Patrick Harris. 

    I hope you find value in this! 

    To sign up for my frequent-ish newsletter filled with all sorts of fun meaningful things that I'm hoping to be like an Orange Tic Tac in your inbox—something delightful, refreshing, and peppy, click here: https://taliapollock.substack.com

    (That's also how I'll send you a written version of each episode if you sometimes fancy reading a la phone a la toilette.)

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    • 21 min
    NEW NEW! Meet: Existennial The Show

    NEW NEW! Meet: Existennial The Show

    Welcome to Existennial, a podcast where I shoot the shit about how we shape our life's own meaning on this random-ass planet and do so without miserably copy-and-pasting someone else's life or drowning in a pee-infested pool of personal responsibility anxiety. 

    It's where we'll investigate intentional living through a smorgasbord of science, spirituality, psychology, philosophy, pop culture, eavesdropping, and thoughts-I-have-in-the-shower. 

    I'm Talia Pollock, an author, columnist, and lover of the yoga pose pigeon. I've been questioning the meaning and mocking the absurdity of life since diapers—and I've been writing about it since tampons.

    If you're a millennial going through an existential crisis otherwise known as a quarter-life crisis..or a mid-life crisis.. a .33333333 life crisis or just a regular damn Tuesday, I am oh so glad you've landed here. 

    To sign up for my frequent-ish newsletter filled with all sorts of fun meaningful things that I'm hoping to be like an Orange TicTac in your inbox—something delightful, refreshing, and peppy, click here: https://taliapollock.substack.com 

    (That's also how I'll send you a written version of each episode if you sometimes fancy reading a la phone a la toilette.)

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    • 13 min
    208. It’s The End of an Era! And the Beginning of My Journey with Bipolar 2! with special guest, Mr. Party in My Plants

    208. It’s The End of an Era! And the Beginning of My Journey with Bipolar 2! with special guest, Mr. Party in My Plants

    This episode might come as a shock. Or it may not. Either way it’s here and you’re listening to it so how bout I stop guessing what emotion it might bring and just let it bring it! It has been the journey of all journeys to go on this ride with you. I thank you from the very bottom of my heart for giving me your most precious resource, your time and lending me your hopefully not too waxy ears to speak into all these hours over all these years. 
     
    If you have ideas for what you might want to hear more of as I rethink how I want to continue podcasting in the future, email me at talia@partyinmyplants.com. And on www.taliapollock.com/hello you can also sign up for my newsletter which is the best place to stay up to date with all my things! Of course, if you want the greatest thing to come out of this podcast, my book, stuffed to the brim with all the puns and healthy nuggets you’ve eaten up in this here podcast, my book Party in Your Plants is a thing you can buy wherever books are sold. 
     
    If the past 207 episodes has taught me anything, it’s that my hypothesis about partying in our plants was right on the money. In fact, I said it in episode 1 of the podcast: our greatest health & happiness comes from eating way MORE PLANTS than you do CRAP. 
     
    And The only way to guarantee we’ll ACTUALLY eat the plants is to take the HELL out of HEALTHY, which I think we did mighty well in this year ERA of the PIMP podcast. 
     
    So with that I say eat your plants with a smile, monitor your mental health, love AND BLOW yo’self and i’ll catch you in my new projects so stay in the loop with me at taliapollock.com/hello so I tell you about future projects. LOVE YOU GOODBYE. 


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    207. This is Your Brain on Plant Food! with Dr. Uma Naidoo, Food Psychiatrist

    207. This is Your Brain on Plant Food! with Dr. Uma Naidoo, Food Psychiatrist

    She’s a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, a professional chef, a trained nutrition specialist, a food psychiatrist, the author of This is Your Brain on Food and just overall foodie brainiac. This chat with Dr. Uma Naidoo covered how the state of your mental health often starts with what you ate for dinner. As she says, “Happy gut, happy mood!” We talked about so much mood-boostin’ stuffs including how the gut and the brain are waaaay more closely linked than you thought. (Heard it here first before it goes mainstream!) Now, this is a chat that will have you turning your ahhhh to hahas and will have you revamping your shopping list. Yes, if you’re on a prescription, it won’t hurt to try out these brain food tips and no, I’m definitely not telling you to swap out your meds. As Dr. Uma says: you have to eat anyway, so adding healthy brain food to the plate is kinda a low hanging fruit. Her pun, not mine. Surprisingly! 
     
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    How your gut health is impacting your mental health What to eat for depression and anxiety The mental health disservices of the American diet Why your holiday charcuterie platter might be making you depressed A surprising new use for eggs How your gut and your brain and more connected than you think The not-yet mainstream science about how your dinner choices impact your mental wellbeing Spices that’ll spice up your life!   
    Links related to this episode:
    The full show notes with all the deets from this episode!
    BUY MY BEST SELLING BOOK, PARTY IN YOUR PLANTS
    Where to buy Amazing Grass goodies and save 30% with code: PLANTPARTY30
    Where to buy Four Sigmatic Magic Mushroom Products and save 15% with code: “PARTYINMYPLANTS”
    Book me to speak at your college, conference or company!
    Where I’d much appreciate you leaving a review for the show in iTunes!!
    Party in My Plants on Instagram
    Party in My Plants on Facebook
    Party in My Plants’ Videos on YouTube


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    • 56 min
    206. THE WHY HUMAN DESIGN IS THE SHIT EPISODE! with Nikki Brafman

    206. THE WHY HUMAN DESIGN IS THE SHIT EPISODE! with Nikki Brafman

    Nikki Brafman is a human design expert (in fact, she’s MY human design expert!). So much about what I teach is about living in alignment, stepping up to be your best self and living a life that is self loyal. Without human design, I wouldn’t be living my best, fullest and truest life. Or at least I wouldn’t have the verbiage to describe myself. If you read my recent Mindbodygreen article I shared how Human design legitimately changed my life. I am so thrilled to have Nikki to thank for showing me the Human Design ropes. And telling you all about the magical ropes too, in this here chat. >> PS. Get your free Human Design chart here to help you understand this episode better!
     
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    What the heck is human design Why human design is different from astrology The energy types and how they behave How human design changed my life How it feels to be living in alignment Why human design can change how you make decisions How to start living a life guided by human design   
    Links related to this episode:
    The full show notes with all the deets from this episode!
    BUY MY BEST SELLING BOOK, PARTY IN YOUR PLANTS
    Where to buy Four Sigmatic Magic Mushroom Products and save 15% with code: “PARTYINMYPLANTS”
    Book me to speak at your college, conference or company!
    Where I’d much appreciate you leaving a review for the show in iTunes!!
    Party in My Plants on Instagram
    Party in My Plants on Facebook
    Party in My Plants’ Videos on YouTube


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    205. “Unmeasure” Your Workouts + Healthify Your Relationship with Movement! with Simi Botic

    205. “Unmeasure” Your Workouts + Healthify Your Relationship with Movement! with Simi Botic

    Miss Simi Botic is a barre instructor, a health coach, the author of Letting Go Of Leo and the smarty yoga pants wearing brain behind Unmeasured. That last one is basically a ballet-meets-pilates class… but one that focuses on body positivity and self-compassion. (As in diet culture turns of phrase aren’t allowed and body punishing mentalities will be kicked to the curb!) This chat was all about embracing movement that we love in a self-compassionate way that has nothing to do with earning food or shedding calories. This is the podcast episode where we kinda just said it as it is: that there are ways to enjoy your studio or gym or road time because of the joys that come with it. Joys that have nothing to do with weight or body composition! And you know what, just like healthy eating, your workout doesn’t have to suck! For the story on how Simi went from a compulsive exercise obsessed gal to the one who teaches a warm-hug-of-a-body-positive barre class, press play! 
     
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    How Barre guru Simi Botic changed her negative relationship with exercise What’s an exercise obsession and how to spot it Why society doesn’t understand unhealthy workout behavior Signs it’s time to tone it down with your workout routine Joys your workout can bring that have nothing to do with body shape or size How diet culture shows up at the studio and at the gym Why Barre might be your movement of choice How Unmeasured is the movement choice that confronts diet culture  
    Links related to this episode:
    The full show notes with all the deets from this episode!
    BUY MY BEST SELLING BOOK, PARTY IN YOUR PLANTS
    Where to get Sunwarrior - my favorite plant-protein powder- for 20% off with code: PARTYINMYPLANTS at checkout
    Where to buy Four Sigmatic Magic Mushroom Products and save 15% with code: “PARTYINMYPLANTS”
    Book me to speak at your college, conference or company!
    Where I’d much appreciate you leaving a review for the show in iTunes!!
    Party in My Plants on Instagram
    Party in My Plants on Facebook
    Party in My Plants’ Videos on YouTube


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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
366 Ratings

366 Ratings

@MichaelUnbroken ,

A Must Listen ✨✨

I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for creating such an impactful podcast! I believe that we all have a voice that deserves to be heard. Thank you for putting this into the world! BE UNBROKEN! @MichaelUnbroken

J. Barshop ,

Authentic and Empowering

It’s obvious Talia puts extraordinary effort in covering salient topics and finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world - the insights she brings to bear is still mind-blowing Every. Single. Time.

No matter the subject, you’re guaranteed to gain something from every episode - can’t recommend The Party in My Plants Podcast enough 🙌

The Eczema Healing Mom ,

Such a great podcast!

What a great find! Talia makes me laugh while still answering tons of questions! Love it.

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