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The Joyous Health Podcast is here to bring a dose of joy to your day, maybe a few laughs and some healthy inspiration as we explore food and nutrition, well-being, beauty, family and entrepreneurship. Hosted by the husband and wife team behind the internationally recognized health and wellness brand, Joyous Health — Joy McCarthy, a holistic nutritionist and two-time bestselling author and Walker Jordan, an entrepreneur, photographer and pizza-coffee-car-lover.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 56 Ratings

The Joyous Health Podcast is here to bring a dose of joy to your day, maybe a few laughs and some healthy inspiration as we explore food and nutrition, well-being, beauty, family and entrepreneurship. Hosted by the husband and wife team behind the internationally recognized health and wellness brand, Joyous Health — Joy McCarthy, a holistic nutritionist and two-time bestselling author and Walker Jordan, an entrepreneur, photographer and pizza-coffee-car-lover.

    An Individualized Approach to Wellness with Brian Keane, Personal Trainer

    An Individualized Approach to Wellness with Brian Keane, Personal Trainer

    This week, Joy chats with Brian Keane, a Reps qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer, certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sports Nutritionist. He also hosts one of Ireland and the UK’s top health podcast which is regularly featured #1 on the iTunes Health Charts. Over the past seven years, he has gone from working full time as primary school teacher to one of Ireland’s leading thought leaders on all things health, fitness and nutrition. This episode is packed with wisdom designed to help you find your personalized approach to optimal health and wellness!
    In this episode Brian shares his evidence-based suggestions for creating an individualized approach to fitness and wellness. He shares loads of inspiring and actionable tips that you can start incorporating into your life straight away. You’ll love his honesty and fresh take on how to approach fitness and strength training. 
    If you want simple, actionable advice to help you get started on your personal fitness journey, then you won’t want to miss this episode. So settle in with a cuppa your favourite cozy tea and get ready to be inspired to take your health and your life into your own hands!
     
    Episode Highlights:
    How he transitioned from working full time as a teacher to running a successful fitness business. How his personal health issues inspired him to learn more about nutrition. How he faced his fears and embraced life as a fitness entrepreneur. The important question he asks himself before making a life decision.  What the fitness industry gets wrong about weight loss. The difference between weight loss and fat loss. Why calories aren’t the only thing that matter for health. The importance of nutrient density when it comes to a healthy diet.  Why sleep, strength training, and recovery are so important for achieving health goals.  Why dropping calories too low can have the opposite of the intended effect.  The importance of strength-training for balancing women’s hormones.  How he takes an individualized approach with every client he works with. The three principles he works off of when it comes to nutrition.  The importance of using different metrics for success instead of just the scale.  Why he believes it’s important to remove the morals from foods.  His thoughts on the body positivity movement.  How to start on your personal fitness journey.  The importance of filtering who you learn from.  Tips to improve your sleep quality for optimal health.   
    Resources:
    Brian on Instagram
    Brian on TikTok
    Brian Keane Fitness Podcast
    Brian Keane Fitness Website
    Sign up for Brian’s Newsletter!
    Brian on YouTube
    Brian on Facebook
    The Keane Edge Book
    Rewire Your Mindset Book
    The Fitness Mindset Book
     
    More about Joyous Health:
    Check out our award-winning blog Joyous Health Check out  Joy’s bestselling cookbooks Sign up for the Joyous Health newsletter Follow Joyous Health on Instagram Find Joyous Health on Facebook Learn more about The Joyous Health Business Program Check out our full line of Natural & Organic Haircare and Body Care. Join Joy’s Hair Care Challenge at Natural Hair Care Challenge Explore Joyous Health Kids at Joyous Health Kids

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Facing Your Fears with Jill Heinerth, Underwater Explorer

    Facing Your Fears with Jill Heinerth, Underwater Explorer

    This week, Joy chats with Jill Heinerth, one of the world’s premier underwater explorers and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. Jill leads expeditions into extreme environments to advance scientific and geographic knowledge. She is an acclaimed polar explorer, cave diver, author, speaker, filmmaker, and climate advocate. Joy fell in love with her best-selling book, Into The Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver which details her journey into the extreme world of underwater cave exploration where she has had to overcome fear in order to go where no one has gone before. You will LOVE this chat! 
    In this episode Jill shares her experiences exploring some of the most beautiful and dangerous ecosystems in the world. She talks about the importance of using her fear to help her assess the risks of any dive to keep her and her team safe. You’ll also love her simple tips to help you live a life that supports the health of the planet. After listening to this episode you will feel inspired to follow your passion to create a life of adventure and joy. 
    If you want to learn all about the incredible world of cave diving and the animals and ecosystems below the surface, you won’t want to miss this episode. So brew up a cup of ultra-soothing tea, settle in, and get ready to be amazed by Jill’s incredible life story!
     
    Episode Highlights:
    How Jill’s love of water and innate curiosity inspired her career as an underwater explorer.  The important role fear plays in keeping her safe as she explores.  How she prepares mentally for her dives to remain fully present. What she feels and experiences as she explores underwater caves.   How she overcomes the “chattering monkeys” of her mind while she dives. Some frightening moments she experienced during her dives.  How she follows her intuition & pragmatism to choose or reject expeditions.  Why aging and getting married changed the way she approaches her dives & risk-taking. Why she has no regrets in her life.  The incredible story of how she was the first person to dive into an iceberg cave. The types of marine life she will see when ice diving.  The work she does with biologists to help understand the life that is found in caves.  How she made her childhood dreams come true & turned the story into a children’s book. How she uses the power of deep breathing to stay calm and present.  The privilege she feels at getting to see rare sea life in their natural habitats.  The differences between a cold and a warm water dive.  The importance of learning skills and risks for success in any endeavour.  Why you need to guard yourself against complacency.  Some of Jill’s favourite dives out of the 8000+ she’s done over her career.  The experience she had diving 300 feet under a popular restaurant.  How major storm systems impact cave diving conditions.  Details about her most recent cave diving project in the Ottawa River.  Her favourite dives in Ontario cave systems and why she loves exploring shipwrecks.  Why she feels she has a responsibility to share what she observes.  The one place in the world she would love to dive. How the work she does has impacted her motivation to be a climate activist.  Simple tips to incorporate into your daily life to help fight climate change.  What she learned from biking across Canada from Vancouver to St. John’s, NFLD.  Her new documentary series: Great Lakes Untamed Her professional insight into the incredible Thai Cave Rescue documentary and film.   
    Resources:
    Jill on Instagram
    Into the Planet Book
    The Aquanaut Kid’s Book
    Into the Planet Website 
    Into the Planet Podcast
    Jill on Twitter
    Jill on Facebook
    Great Lakes Untamed Documentary
     
    More about Joyous Health:
      Check out our award-winning blog Joyous Health   Check out Joy’s bestselling cookbooks   Sign up for the Joyous Health newsletter   Follow Joyous Health on Instagram   Find Joyous Health on Facebook   Learn more about The Jo

    • 55 min
    Increasing Resilience & the Power of Prevention with Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng

    Increasing Resilience & the Power of Prevention with Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng

    This week, Joy chats with Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, the department head of critical care at The Ottawa Hospital. As a researcher, he is interested in using ICU resources more efficiently and improving access to palliative care in the ICU. He also created ‘Solving Wellness’ a virtual health & wellness platform for health care professionals. The goal of ‘Solving Wellness’ is to help address health care burnout and provide health, fitness and self care for its members.
    In this episode Dr. Kyeremanteng shares his experiences working in the fast-paced environment of the ICU and how he takes steps every day to increase his resilience to prevent burnout. He also highlights the importance of investing in prevention and mental health support for achieving overall wellness. After listening to this episode you will feel empowered to take small steps every day to support your health and prevent illness. This chat will stick with you because it’s so inspiring!
    If you want to learn how to take simple steps to support your physical and mental well-being then you won’t want to miss this episode! So brew up a cup of detoxifying tea, settle in, and get ready to be inspired to support your health, naturally! 
     
    Episode Highlights:
    How Dr. Kyeremanteng was inspired to become a doctor from a young age.  Why he was attracted to practice intensive care medicine–communication and community! How he stays calm and balanced amidst the chaos of the ICU to bring compassion and care to his patients.  The different wellness and lifestyle hacks that Dr. Kyeremanteng uses to build his resilience.  Why knowledge of wellness and self-care is so important to support healthcare practitioners and prevent burnout.  His experiences working in the ICU during the pandemic and how that inspired him to create Solving Wellness for healthcare workers.  His tips for eating well as a shift worker. Suggestions for supporting good quality sleep as a shift worker. The importance of managing other pillars of health if you’re lacking your sleep.  How to develop your own 80/20 rule for maximum health impacts.  Why swapping sugary drinks for water is an easy first step to take to improve health. The importance of setting up your environment for success–keep the good stuff around! Why he prioritizes good food to support energy and mental health. What is decision fatigue and how to limit your decisions for optimal health.  Simple hacks to help save time and energy to support your wellness. The importance of productivity and time efficiency. What is pandemic recovery and how does it relate to mental health? Why he doesn’t think Canada invests enough in mental health support and counselling. The importance of mental health for overall physical wellness.  Where he thinks the hospital system fails patients in supporting mental health concerns.  The importance of being innovative to promote true, lasting, and deep rooted healing. How little things can make a big difference to the experience of being in the hospital. How to get involved in your own community to support people. Inspiring stories of his patients’ resilience and healing.  Why staying physically fit can improve your long term health. The power of positive, contagious energy.  Why investing in prevention is so important. Dr. Kyeremanteng’s best tips for preventing illness and maintaining health.  Why everyone’s health and fitness activities will be unique to their needs.  The importance of muscle mass and protein for longevity.   
    Resources:
    Dr. Kwadwo on TikTok
    Dr. Kwadwo on Instagram
    Solving Healthcare Website
    Solving Healthcare Podcast 
    Solving Wellness Website
     
    More about Joyous Health:
    ·   Check out our award-winning blog Joyous Health
    ·   Check out  Joy’s bestselling cookbooks
    ·   Sign up for the Joyous Health newsletter
    ·   Follow Joyous Health on Instagram
    ·   Find Joyous Health on Facebook
    ·   Learn more about The Joyous Health Busin

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Clean Beauty with Melanie Cruickshank, Founder of dalish Cosmetics

    Clean Beauty with Melanie Cruickshank, Founder of dalish Cosmetics

    This week, Joy chats with Melanie Cruikshank, the founder of Toronto-based clean beauty brand dalish Cosmetics whose mother said she was born to wear lipstick and heels. After attending Cosmetology & Aromatology school - the study of Plant & Botanical based Chemistry, she knew she wanted to create nontoxic cosmetics so her customers could feel confident and fabulous. Her mission is to create clean, luxurious beauty products that you feel good about using, that are vegan, easy to apply, feel amazing on, are long lasting, sustainably sourced and come in killer shades. 
    In this episode Melanie shares her struggles growing up with acne and how she was inspired to create a line of cosmetics that are as accessible as they are clean. She also goes into detail about the foods, habits, and lifestyle tips she follows to support glowing health from the inside out. After listening to this episode you will feel empowered to ditch the toxic cosmetic chemicals and get ready to enhance your beauty, naturally! 
    If you want to learn more about holistic approaches to skin health, the cosmetics industry, and how to choose the best products for yourself and the planet, then you won’t want to miss this episode! So steep your favourite cup of beauty-boosting tea, settle in, and get ready to be inspired to live a clean beauty lifestyle. 
     
    Episode Highlights:
    How her childhood anxiety and learning disability impacted her overall health & confidence. Melanie’s struggles with acne and the bullying she encountered. Her magical first experience with makeup and how it became a tool to help her survive her teenage years. Her experience with intense medications to get rid of her acne and how they impacted her body.  The opportunity she received to go back to school for plant-based chemistry.  How that education gave her the ability to recreate her favourite products.  The importance of a holistic approach to whole body health.  How drying products designed for acne can actually make it worse.  Helpful tips to move past skin obsession after a severe skin condition.  Foods that Melanie avoids to support her skin health.  The focus she places on whole, organic foods to nourish her skin from the inside out.  The importance of adapting your routine depending on the phase of your life. How balance in your diet and lifestyle can impact your skin health. How she stops the binge/restrict cycle when it comes to food. Why meal prep is the foundation of her healthy eating plan.  The supplements that Melanie takes for healthy skin.  Why she loves taking mushroom supplements for gut health.  Melanie’s lifestyle approaches to skin health.  The importance of sleep for skin health.  How she manages her stress levels as an entrepreneur.  The importance of strength training for hormonal balance and feeling strong in your life.  The creation of da lish cosmetics.  Why she wanted to create clean cosmetics that were beautiful and functional. Her focus on creating makeup basics rather than chasing all the new trends.  Why dalish tests their products on different skin tones and textures.  Why she had to create products that were better than conventional ones so people would switch. How certain ingredients in conventional cosmetics can trigger skin issues.  The importance of accessibility in the clean cosmetics industry.  The number one cosmetic she can’t live without.   
    Resources:
    Melanie on Instagram
    Use code JOYOUS20 to save 20% at Dalish Cosmetics
    dalish on Instagram
    dalish on Facebook
    dalish Website
    dalish on Pinterest
     
    More about Joyous Health:
      Check out our award-winning blog Joyous Health   Check out Joy’s bestselling cookbooks   Sign up for the Joyous Health newsletter   Follow Joyous Health on Instagram   Find Joyous Health on Facebook   Learn more about The Joyous Health Business Program   Check out our full line of Natural & Organic Haircare and Body Care.   Join Joy’s Hair Care Challenge at Natu

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Diving Deep into Vitamin D with Josh Gitalis, Clinical Nutritionist

    Diving Deep into Vitamin D with Josh Gitalis, Clinical Nutritionist

    This week, Joy chats with Josh Gitalis, a Clinical Nutritionist who is a recognized expert in the fields of clinical detoxification and therapeutic supplementation. He runs a Toronto-based, private practice, with a worldwide client base. As a leader in his field, Josh teaches Clinical Nutrition for several natural health colleges and is the first Canadian nutritionist to become an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP).  
    In this episode Josh shares his wealth of knowledge on all things vitamin D from what it is and how it functions in the body to the best ways to incorporate it into your life. You’ll be amazed to learn how this humble nutrient impacts everything from immune function to gut health to bone density! After listening to this episode you’ll have all the knowledge you need to start incorporating safe vitamin D supplementation into your routine.
    If you’ve been looking to learn more about vitamin D and why we need it for vibrant, happy,  joyous health then you won’t want to miss this episode! So brew a cup of your favourite tea, grab a pen and paper, and get ready for a deep dive on this super nutrient!
     
    Episode Highlights:
    What vitamin D is and how it functions in the body.  How our sex hormones are derived from cholesterol.  Every cell in our body has a receptor for vitamin D. How vitamin D tells our cells how to function. Why vitamin D is still classified as a vitamin instead of a hormone.  The top health benefits of vitamin D.  The role of vitamin D in modulating the immune system. How the digestive tract is impacted by vitamin D deficiency.  What is intestinal permeability (or leaky gut) and how it impacts overall health. The impact of vitamin D on bone and tooth health.  The important relationship between vitamin D and calcium. The connection between vitamin D deficiency and mental health.  All about the blood brain barrier and mental health.  How sun exposure creates vitamin D in the body.  How your body multiplies the effectiveness of vitamin D over time. Other major health benefits of sun exposure. A breakdown of the solar spectrum and how it impacts the circadian rhythm. How sunscreen impacts the production of vitamin D.  The best sunscreens to use.  The importance of maintaining appropriate blood levels of vitamin D to prevent certain illnesses.  How to practice safe sun exposure.  Other great sources of vitamin D to use throughout the year.  Why you typically can’t get enough vitamin D from food.  The importance of testing your vitamin D levels, even if you get a lot of sun.  What range you should look for in your blood tests.  The lag time between scientific proof and public policy.  How to test your vitamin D levels in Canada.  How vitamin D status can influence health costs.  Josh and Meghan’s informative website The Vitamin D Hub.  The best form of vitamin D to take for optimal absorption.  Why not everyone needs to supplement with vitamin K. The importance of taking vitamin D with food for absorption.   
    Resources:
    Josh Gitalis on Instagram
    Josh’s Website
    Work With Josh 
    The Vitamin D Hub
    The Impact of Nutrition & Lifestyle on Mental Health with Josh Gitalis
    Today is the Day Podcast with his wife and nutritionist, Meghan Telpner
     
    More about Joyous Health:
      Check out our award-winning blog Joyous Health   Check out Joy’s bestselling cookbooks   Sign up for the Joyous Health newsletter   Follow Joyous Health on Instagram   Find Joyous Health on Facebook   Learn more about The Joyous Health Business Program   Check out our full line of Natural & Organic Haircare and Body Care.   Join Joy’s Hair Care Challenge at Natural Hair Care Challenge   Explore Joyous Health Kids at Joyous Health Kids

    • 56 min
    Simple Hacks for a Healthy Gut with Desiree Nielsen, Registered Dietician

    Simple Hacks for a Healthy Gut with Desiree Nielsen, Registered Dietician

    This week, Joy chats with Desiree Nielsen, ​​a registered dietitian who takes an evidence-based, integrative approach to her dietetics work, with a focus on anti-inflammatory, plant-centred nutrition and digestive health. ​​She is the author of multiple books, including one on anti-inflammatory nutrition called Un-Junk Your Diet, a plant-based cookbook called Eat More Plants: 100 Anti-inflammatory Plant-centred Recipes for Vibrant Living, which became a #1 National Bestseller, and her new cookbook on gut health, Good For Your Gut: A Plant-based Digestive Health Guide and Nourishing Recipes for Living Well. She also hosts the evidence-informed wellness podcast, The Allsorts Podcast, where she interviews leading experts on topics such as gut health, plant-based nutrition, and more.
    In this episode Desiree shares actionable steps to help reduce bloating and train your digestive tract to enjoy more plant-based foods. Desiree is a wealth of knowledge and the simple, but powerful information she shares will change your gut and your life forever! After listening to this episode you will feel empowered to make small, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle in order to support lasting health. 
    If you’ve been struggling with digestive health and overwhelmed with conflicting information on how to heal then you won’t want to miss this episode! So grab your favourite cup of tea, settle in with your notebook, and get ready to heal your gut, naturally. 
     
    Episode Highlights:
    How Desire’s love of food led her to a career in dietetics.  Desiree’s aha moment of learning how food can impact health. The decision she made to switch from pursuing a medical degree to becoming a dietician.  What plant-based nutrition means to Desiree.   Her focus as a dietician: digestive health, plant-based nutrition, and chronic inflammatory disorders. Why she thinks dieticians can be more specific in their recommendations to empower clients.  Why you should eat 30 different plants a week to nourish your microbiome.  How to incorporate this many plants into your diet. Hint: herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains all count as plants! The role of a healthy microbiome, especially in the ascending colon, for overall health. What are short chain fatty acids and why should you care?  The interaction between gut health, immune health, and nervous system function.  The power of butyrate in improving the inflammatory response.  Why inflammation is a critical immune response.  How short chain fatty acids impact the nervous system.  Why IBS is considered a disorder of gut-brain communication.  How changes in the enteric nervous system may impact our mental wellbeing. Different causes of bloating and what to do about them. The role of psychological stress in altering the function of the digestive system.  How dysregulation in the abdominal wall can impact digestive function.  Why tight pants can cause bloating.  The importance of chewing your food thoroughly.  Desiree’s perspective on digestive bitters and other quick & easy fixes for bloating. Why she suggests everyone incorporate more bitter veggies into their lives.  Why she thinks coffee can be a beneficial addition to a healthy diet, based on context. The importance of understanding your body’s unique needs to create your healthiest diet. Why you don’t need to adhere to strict dietary guidelines for optimal health. The role of the migrating motor complex in maintaining gut health. How Desiree’s eating habits have evolved over the years.  How much time you should leave between when you eat your last meal and when you go to bed. The importance of consistency for digestive health.  What food intolerances can say about your gut health.  How training the gut can improve your capacity to digest a variety of foods. How cooking and blending high fibre foods can start training the gut. Desiree’s goal in writing her new book Good For Your Gut.  The rol

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

saradoane ,

incredible show for my morning walks :)

I looooove joyous health - all the inspiration i need to start my day off right.

RLWellness ,

Phenomenal!

I was searching for something to listen to while working out and this beauty showed up. Interestingly, I’d just been researching fluoride myself and was excited to see it listed as a subject on here…impressed with the research and show guests! I’ve listened to 2 already, and love the passion and topics being shared. Knowledge is power!

EricaBushwell ,

Awesome podcast!

Joy & Walker, hosts of the Joyous Health podcast, highlight all aspects of health, wellness and more in this can’t miss podcast! The hosts and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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