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Welcome to the Everyday Wellness podcast with Cynthia Thurlow! Cynthia is a mom of 2 boys, wife, nurse practitioner, and intermittent fasting and nutrition expert. She has over 20 years experience in emergency medicine and cardiology, but pivoted to focus on food as medicine. She loves to share science-backed practical information to improve your overall well being and is grateful to be interviewing leaders in the health and wellness field. Her goal with Everyday Wellness is to help her listeners make simple changes to their everyday lives that will result in improved overall wellness and long term health.

Everyday Wellness Everyday Wellness: Cynthia Thurlow, NP

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 230 Ratings

Welcome to the Everyday Wellness podcast with Cynthia Thurlow! Cynthia is a mom of 2 boys, wife, nurse practitioner, and intermittent fasting and nutrition expert. She has over 20 years experience in emergency medicine and cardiology, but pivoted to focus on food as medicine. She loves to share science-backed practical information to improve your overall well being and is grateful to be interviewing leaders in the health and wellness field. Her goal with Everyday Wellness is to help her listeners make simple changes to their everyday lives that will result in improved overall wellness and long term health.

    The Nutritional Battlefield & Debunking Chronic Diseases: How Most Food Has Become Poison with Dr. Robert Lustig

    The Nutritional Battlefield & Debunking Chronic Diseases: How Most Food Has Become Poison with Dr. Robert Lustig

    I am happy to have Dr. Robert Lustig joining me today! He is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He is one of the leaders of the current “anti-sugar” movement that is changing the food industry. Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976 and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He also received his Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2013. He is the author of the popular books Fat Chance (2012), The Hacking of the American Mind (2017), and the recently-released book Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine.
    Many people assume that any food sold in the grocery store is healthy. But the truth is that most of the food-like substances that people are consuming today are far from real, and they do not metabolically support either a healthy body or a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Lustig lived in the ecosystem of modern medicine for forty years. Then, after doing some research, he saw that the data he was generating did not conform to the party line. So, in 2007, he started speaking out about what he thought to be the biggest problem in nutrition- sugar. Stay tuned to find out how Dr. Lustig is debunking modern medicine and chronic disease, and learn what you can do to navigate the modern-day nutritional battlefield.
    IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:

    What Dr. Lustig discovered when he started doing research.

    Why Dr. Lustig wrote his first book, Fat Chance.

    The difference between nutrition and food science.

    How most food has become poison.

    Why the concept of calories should be disregarded.

    Dr. Lustig talks about leptin resistance and explains what you can do to overcome it.

    Why eighty-eight percent of Americans have metabolic dysfunction.

    Dr. Lustig explains what we need to eat to have a healthy diet.

    Dr. Lustig shares his proposed definition of healthy.

    The importance of fiber.

    The problem with Big Pharma.

    Dr. Lustig explains why food subsidies do not make sense.


    Connect with Cynthia Thurlow
    Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn
    Check out Cynthia’s website 
    Connect with Dr. Lustig
    On his website 
    Get his new book here! 
    On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 

    • 56 min
    The Power Of Behavior-Centric Health & Wellness: Trade-Offs for a Long and Happy Life with Jon Levy

    The Power Of Behavior-Centric Health & Wellness: Trade-Offs for a Long and Happy Life with Jon Levy

    The pandemic has changed so much for so many of us. Our children are growing up facing unforeseen challenges, and many of us feel uncertain and fearful about what lies ahead. Human beings were never meant to be alone. Yet today, people are suffering from social isolation, a lack of contact, and not touching or connecting physically with anyone.
    I am happy to have Jon Levy joining me as my guest for today! Jon is a behavioral scientist best known for his work in influencing, human connection, and decision making. More than a decade ago, Jon founded The Influencers Dinner, a secret dining experience for industry leaders ranging from Nobel laureates, Olympians, celebrities, and executives, to artists, musicians, and even the occasional princess. With thousands of members, Influencers is the largest community of its type worldwide. 
    In Levy’s latest book, You’re Invited, readers are guided through the art and science of creating deep and meaningful connections with anyone, regardless of their stature or celebrity. The book demonstrates how we develop influence, gain trust, and build community so that we can impact our communities and achieve that which is important to us.
    In this episode, Jon talks about the impact that the pandemic has had on our society, and discusses the effect it has had on people's wellbeing, happiness, and longevity. Be sure to stay tuned today to find out what you can do to improve your current situation, create more connectedness in your life, adapt to this ever-changing world, and help your children to thrive going forward into the future.
    IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN

    Jon discusses the impact of the loneliness and lack of physical connection that so many of us are experiencing now due to the pandemic.

    Jon shares some of the foremost predictors of human longevity.

    Anti-fragility is a critical characteristic of humans.

    Jon explains why building and retaining a social muscle is vital.

    What happens to people when they spend several hours per day on social media.

    Jon discusses the trade-offs that we have to make to live long and happy lives.

    Experience post-traumatic growth rather than post-traumatic stress.

    Jon explains how to foster a sense of connection with others as things start to open up again after fifteen months of isolation.

    Jon explains what bonds us as humans.

    Vulnerability builds trust and strengthens relationships.

    Knowing where to draw the line when giving to others is vital.

    Jon discusses the big issue with behavioral change.

    Creating more connectedness in your life.


    Connect with Cynthia Thurlow
    Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn
    Check out Cynthia’s website 
    Connect with Jon Levy
    On his website    
    On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
    Additional Social Handles: @JonLevyTLB on Clubhouse   
    Jon’s new book: You're Invited: The Art & Science of Cultivating Influence
    Book mentioned:
    The Rabbit Effect by Kelli Harding

    • 47 min
    Lara Adler Explains The Link Between Chemical Exposure And Weight Gain & Other Health Issues

    Lara Adler Explains The Link Between Chemical Exposure And Weight Gain & Other Health Issues

    I’m excited to have Lara Adler as my guest for today’s show! Lara is an Environmental Toxins Expert and Educator. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, who teaches health coaches, nutritionists, and other holistic health practitioners how to eliminate the number one thing holding their clients back from the results they are seeking- the unaddressed link between chemicals and chronic health problems. Lara trains practitioners to become experts in everyday toxic exposures so they can improve client outcomes without spending hundreds of hours researching on their own.
    The information about environmental toxins that Lara will be sharing today is vital for you, the listeners, on many different levels. People are often surprised to learn that there is not much protection in the US, even though we have federal agencies designed to protect consumers. Even from my perspective, as a savvy, allopathic, western medicine, functionally-trained nurse practitioner, I learned a lot from Lara that I did not know before, so stay tuned today to hear about the nasty truth behind environmental toxins.
    This episode is important, so be sure to listen to it several times, take actionable steps, and share it with your loved ones! 
    IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN

    Lara discusses the scope of the issue of environmental toxins.

    Why the products in the marketplace are not guaranteed to be safe.

    Our skin is our largest organ, yet most people don’t even think of skin as an organ.

    We absorb many of the chemicals and compounds that we put on our skin.

    How the levels of chemicals, and the associations between chemical exposures and certain illnesses or outcomes, are determined.

    Lara talks about what sparked her interest in the area of environmental toxins.

    Lara talks about endocrine-disrupting chemicals. She explains what they are and why we need to be concerned about them.

    Lara talks about phthalates and some of the other more common obesogens.

    We need to be a voice for others and protect those who have no access to workable solutions or organic food.

    How to make meaningful changes, starting with things that are free and easy.

    The problem with non-stick cookware.

    There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Lara shares some healthy resources.


    Connect with Cynthia Thurlow
    Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn
    Check out Cynthia’s website

    Connect with Lara Adler
    On her website
    On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
    Resources:
    Watch “The Devil We Know” and “Dark Waters” on Netflix.
    Lara has curated several shopping guides on her website.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Root Cause & Treatment For SIBO, A Digestive System Condition: Addressing the Misconceptions With Phoebe Lapine

    Root Cause & Treatment For SIBO, A Digestive System Condition: Addressing the Misconceptions With Phoebe Lapine

    I am delighted to have Phoebe Lapine joining me as my guest for today’s show! Phoebe is a food and health writer, gluten-free chef, wellness personality, culinary instructor, award-winning blogger, recipe developer, Hashimoto’s advocate, prior podcast host, and speaker. She was born and raised in New York City, where she continues to live and eat. 
    Many people suffer from the symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) for years without ever getting the right treatment or knowing that their symptoms might be caused by something much deeper. Sixty percent of IBS is caused by SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth), which is Phoebe’s area of expertise. There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings around SIBO because it is so nuanced. Phoebe is joining me today to shed some light on the topic. She will explain how to uncover the root causes of SIBO and discuss the connection between SIBO and thyroid issues. She will also talk about finding the best diet for healing IBS and tell us which ones work best. Be sure to stay tuned for more! 
    IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:

    Where Phoebe’s passionate interest in SIBO first started.

    What SIBO is.

    The physical symptoms that could result from SIBO.

    Phoebe explains what happens when the gut does not move things along as it should.

    Phoebe talks about the correlation between old injuries, abdominal surgery, and developing SIBO.

    Although food poisoning might seem innocuous, it could cause problems down the line.

    Why thyroid replacement therapy puts people at risk for SIBO.

    The vicious cycle between hormone levels and gut health.

    Phoebe talks about testing for SIBO.

    The different types of SIBO.

    How lifestyle choices can impact recovery from SIBO.

    The power of the mind-gut connection.

    Some suggestions for relieving the pain, gas, and bloating associated with SIBO.

    Phoebe talks about the benefits of the Low FODMAP Diet for SIBO.

    Ways to use your diet as a tool for overcoming leaky gut.


    Connect with Cynthia Thurlow
    Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn
    Check out Cynthia’s website 
    Connect with Phoebe Lapine
    Follow Phoebe on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
    Phoebe’s website
    Order Phoebe’s books, SIBO Made Simple, or The Wellness Project

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Biochemistry Secrets To Burn Fat Faster: Navigating the Science of Fat With Dr. Sylvia Tara

    Biochemistry Secrets To Burn Fat Faster: Navigating the Science of Fat With Dr. Sylvia Tara

    I am excited to welcome Dr. Sylvia Tara today as my guest for the show! Dr. Tara was driven to research fat, science, and lifestyle after she finally got fed up with eating less and exercising more than her slimmer friends throughout her life. Her experiences told her there was more to weight loss than just “calories in, calories out.” As a biochemist, she was driven to get to the bottom of fat’s mysteries and the reasons it vexes us. In her best-selling book, The Secret Life of Fat, she reveals the complex biology of fat, how it resists loss, and what to do to remove stubborn fat. 
    Dr. Tara holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at San Diego and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After trying dozens of different diets and failing with all of them, she started using every tool at her disposal, talking to researchers, and reading as many research papers as possible to learn the truth about fat and find out why she had so much difficulty losing weight. What she learned was surprising, and it answered all of her questions. Be sure to listen in today to find out what Dr. Tara discovered about fat and the way it functions.
    IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:

    Dr. Tara talks about her book, The Secret Life of Fat, and discusses her motivation for writing it.

    The most surprising aspect of fat.

    Dr. Tara talks about leptin and the communication between fat tissue and the brain.

    Why it is so hard for some people to lose weight, and what you need to be mindful of to be a successful dieter.

    Dr. Tara shares some strategies for maintaining weight loss.

    Dr. Tara has recently launched a course to help people navigate through the science of fat.

    There are reproductive differences that women experience as they age that impact their ability to lose weight.

    The many benefits of exercise for women as they age.

    The importance of maintaining a healthy layer of fat as you age.

    Certain viruses can be correlated to fat and can cause a higher risk of obesity.

    Navigating your way around the endocrine-mimicking chemicals that we are often exposed to environmentally or through food.

    Some of the genetic propensities that make some people more susceptible to gaining weight.

    Dr. Tara talks about the bacteria in the gut biome that can impact the ability to gain or lose weight and what you can do to control it.


    Connect with Cynthia Thurlow
    Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn
    Check out Cynthia’s website 
    Connect with Dr. Sylvia Tara
    The Secret Life of Fat Website
    On Facebook     
    The Secret Life of Fat on Amazon

    • 46 min
    Mysterious Effects On Hormones & Intermittent Fasting: Tips for Optimizing Estrogen Metabolism with Dr. Stephanie Gray

    Mysterious Effects On Hormones & Intermittent Fasting: Tips for Optimizing Estrogen Metabolism with Dr. Stephanie Gray

    I am excited to welcome a fellow nurse practitioner, Dr. Stephanie Gray, as my guest for today’s show! 
    Stephanie Gray, DNP, MS, ARNP, AGNP-C, ABAAHP, FAARFM, is a functional medicine provider who helps men and women build sustainable and optimal health and longevity so that they can focus on what matters most to them!  
    Stephanie helps women in mid-life, who feel like their bodies have betrayed them, step back into their bodies by restoring optimal hormone levels so they can regain their sleep, figure, mood, and feel amazing once again. She is known for keeping hormone replacement therapy sexy, safe, and effective.
    Stephanie saw a lot of incontinence while doing her graduate training in nursing homes. She realized that urinary incontinence was the primary reason for people being admitted to long-term care facilities. So she learned the art of pessary fitting, and through that, discovered that there were non-surgical and non-pharmacological options for urinary incontinence. Those options helped people regain some dignity and allowed them to stay in their own homes. Stephanie decided that there had to be a similar approach for every other condition, so she sought out the necessary training, became a nurse practitioner, and started a practice of her own. Be sure to listen in today, to hear Stephanie’s story, and learn all you need to know about hormones and hormone therapy.
    IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:

    Stephanie discusses what motivated her to focus on hormone therapy.

    Stephanie’s health journey led her along the route of learning functional medicine, which involved optimizing her hormones.

    The first signs of hormonal imbalance in the body, which could tip people off that there is something wrong.

    Stephanie discusses pellets, BiEst, and TriEst and talks about the age at which people can start using hormone therapy safely, and the length of time that hormone therapy can continue being used.

    Some of the reasons for women getting hot flashes.

    Stephanie discusses the tests that she prefers for her patients.

    Stephanie explains why it is vital to find someone who can test your hormone levels effectively.

    Stephanie talks about hormones, bone density, osteoporosis, and osteopenia.

    The difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormone medications.

    Stephanie explains what having a hysterectomy represents for a woman.

    Some tips to help middle-aged women to optimize their estrogen metabolism.

    Stephanie owns Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic in Hiawatha, Iowa.


    Connect with Cynthia Thurlow
    Follow on Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn
    Check out Cynthia’s website 
    Connect with Dr. Stephanie Gray
    The website for her book podcast/blog/supplements
    The Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic Website
    On Social media: stephaniegraydnp
    Resources:
    Thanks10 will provide 10% off purchases at www.yourlongevityblueprint.com (including Stephanie’s book, Your Longevity Blueprint.)
    If you purchase Stephanie’s book, she has 2 free pdfs, a quick start guide, and a pdf of questionnaires to help you determine where you need to start. Go to https://yourlongevityblueprint.com/ylb-bonus/ 

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
230 Ratings

230 Ratings

Osa Lanosa ,

Cynthia is the QUEEN

I. Love. Cynthia. I honestly wish she was my mother. I discovered this podcast after hearing her Ted talk on intermittent fasting (during that time I thought I was really fit, but was unaware of some gaps in my nutrition). I started intermittent fasting about a year ago now, and it has completely changed my relationship with my body. I feel more confident, energetic, and much more in tune with my body. Other than just intermittent fasting, Cynthia has so much great advice on this podcast for health and wellness in general. Everyone needs to listen to this podcast and let Cynthia show you the way! QUEEN.

pamjsruns ,

Love this podcast

As a health and wellness coach, I am always looking for the latest health information.
Cynthia’s guests are awesome! I wait weekly for the newest episode to drop! Thanks for the quality guests and information!

MrsGilbert110914 ,

My top fasting podcast

I’ve been IF for over a year now and just recently found Cynthia’s podcast and IG + FB pages. She shares so much incredible information about fasting! I love to learn bits of nutrition knowledge from specialists and apply it to my own lifestyle. There is always more to learn when it comes to wellness so this has become one of my top podcasts to listen to and share.

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