235 episodes

Stress is the inflammation that robs us of life, energy, and happiness. Our typical solutions for gut health and hormones imbalances have let a lot of us down. We’re over medicated and under-served. At the LSL, we are a community of health savvy women exploring solutions outside our traditional western medicine toolbox & training, to raise the bar and change our stories. Each week, our hope is that you leave our sessions inspired to learn, grow, and share these stories to raise to the bar in your life and home. Raise the Bar. Change Your Story.

Less Stressed Life: Anti-inflammatory Functional Medicine Christa Biegler

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 170 Ratings

Stress is the inflammation that robs us of life, energy, and happiness. Our typical solutions for gut health and hormones imbalances have let a lot of us down. We’re over medicated and under-served. At the LSL, we are a community of health savvy women exploring solutions outside our traditional western medicine toolbox & training, to raise the bar and change our stories. Each week, our hope is that you leave our sessions inspired to learn, grow, and share these stories to raise to the bar in your life and home. Raise the Bar. Change Your Story.

    #235 Nagging knee pain from running or pain from working out & refractory cases with Jessica Warnecke, DPT

    #235 Nagging knee pain from running or pain from working out & refractory cases with Jessica Warnecke, DPT

    INTRO: 
    This week on The Less Stressed Life Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Jessica Warnecke we discuss nagging knee pain or pain from working out & how to access and address the root cause.
    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
    Causes of knee pain when running and exercisingHow stress and hydration affect joints and knee painHow breathing & breathwork addresses chronic painGUEST SHARED HELPFUL TIPS ON:
    How to improve hip, ankle, and big toe mobilityHow to reduce stress in the body & in your lifeABOUT GUEST:
    Dr. Jessica Warnecke is an orthopedic and pelvic floor physical therapist, founder of PACE Physical Therapy in Austin, TX, and business coach. In her practice, she focuses on holistically treating each person she works with and helping them find the root cause of their concerns in order to empower them with the tools and support they need to heal. She particularly enjoys educating women in understanding their pelvic floor, stopping leakage with exercise, and eliminating pain with intercourse. Her patients range from pre-teen athletes to Olympic Gold medalists, moms and non-mothers, and anyone looking to proactively prioritize their health. With her business coaching clients, she takes the same holistic approach helping women find fulfillment in their careers while scaling past 6-figures and creating harmony between work and life.
    WHERE TO FIND       :
    IG: @drjessicapt
    Website: https://www.pacept.com/


    WHERE TO FIND CHRISTA:
    https://www.christabiegler.com/
    On IG:
    instagram.com/anti.inflammatory.nutritionist/
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    SPONSORS:
    A special thanks to our VIP sponsor RUPA Health, our lab concierge service that helps our clients get standard bloodwork 2/3 off retail direct to consumer lab test pricing. Let them know I sent you when you sign up for your free practitioner account.

    • 35 min
    #234 Inspiration amidst trial, tribulations, fighting insurance companies and cancer with Viki Zarkin, the lone survivor of Stage 4 metastatic cancer for the past decade

    #234 Inspiration amidst trial, tribulations, fighting insurance companies and cancer with Viki Zarkin, the lone survivor of Stage 4 metastatic cancer for the past decade

    INTRO: 
    This week on The Less Stressed Life Podcast, I am joined by Viki Zarkin. In this episode, Viki gives us an INSIDE view of living with cancer for over 10 years. We don’t always get a happy story with cancer. My conversation with her inspires us to know that you don’t have to settle with how you’re doing. 


    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
    {2.17} Viki’s Diagnosis Story{16.25} Being an advocate for her own health during her cancer treatment journey{21.11} Advocating for her treatment coverage with the medical insurance company{26.32} Importance of having strong support systems when dealing with a cancer diagnosis{29.04} Impact of stress & how to combat the stress barrier 


    GUEST SHARED HELPFUL TIPS ON:
    Symptom journaling as an effective way to work with doctors to help them gain insights for faster diagnosis and treatments so you can be your own advocate for your health.How to advocate for your treatment with providers and the insurance companiesHow to mitigate stress when dealing with your diagnosisThe importance of following your gut 

    Viki inspires women to change the way they have been programmed to think and emphasizes the importance of starting with young women on how to believe in themselves, challenge the status quo, find their voices and listen to their hearts. She has written a book titled, “I Am the One.” Her story is not limited to just cancer. She speaks about doctor-patient relationships, nutrition, the appreciation of the “little things in life”, the juggling of motherhood, cancer, and effective ways to work with doctors advocating for listening before diagnosing in the treatment rooms which will help women follow their instincts regarding their own health care and much more. Viki’s can-do attitude inspires people to think differently in their everyday lives; by applying her unique thought process, deals can be made in a boardroom just as easily as they can help people through their cancer battle.



    ABOUT GUEST:


    Viki Zarkin was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, has been living with Stage 4 metastatic cancer for over 10 years, and is the only person in the world alive with this aggressive illness. 


    She was diagnosed in her 40s when her doctor first told her to go home and get her affairs in order and at the time, she had 2 small children at home.


    Viki spent the next several years fighting for her life, advocating for herself, navigating through the healthcare world, and following her gut.


     Today, Viki is a beacon of hope for others, she’s a motivational speaker and coach on a national level and a successful author.



    WHERE TO FIND       :
    Website: https://iamtheone.com/ 
    Socials: https://www.facebook.com/iamtheoneviki, 
    https://www.instagram.com/iamtheone_viki/?hl=en
    Book: I Am the One




    WHERE TO FIND CHRISTA:
    https://www.christabiegler.com/


    On IG:
    instagram.com/anti.inflammatory.nutritionist/


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    • 35 min
    #233 Want to fix back, hip, knee pain, shin splints, plantar fascitis, bunions or avoid surgery? Start with the foot and biomechanics and also hiking boots with Dr. Kelsey Dobesh, athletic trainer and DC

    #233 Want to fix back, hip, knee pain, shin splints, plantar fascitis, bunions or avoid surgery? Start with the foot and biomechanics and also hiking boots with Dr. Kelsey Dobesh, athletic trainer and DC

    This week on The Less Stressed Life Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Kelsey Dobesh,  chiropractor, and certified athletic trainer.
    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
    What biomechanics is and the importance of movementWhat is a functional foot How does foot health relate to back, hip, and knee pain  The root cause of Plantar Fascitis, Bunions, Shin Splints & what treatment looks like

    GUEST SHARED HELPFUL TIPS ON:
    Where to find athletic trainers & movement-based practitionersHow to promote foot health dailyFoot shaped shoe recommendations

    ABOUT GUEST:
    Kelsey Dobesh is a Chiropractor and certified athletic trainer. She works as an Adjunct Professor at Dakota Wesleyan University, where she teaches Biomechanics to the Master's in Athletic Training Program. She's owned by a business for almost nine years. She is passionate about biomechanics and movement of the human body, especially the foot and ankle!


    WHERE TO FIND:
    IG: @drkelseydobesh. 
    FB: @Dr. Kelsey Dobesh, DC, ATC, MS
    Website: www.dobeshchiro.com. 


    WHERE TO FIND CHRISTA:
    https://www.christabiegler.com/


    On IG:
    instagram.com/anti.inflammatory.nutritionist/


    Shop our Favorites
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    Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY NOW!


    Sharing & reviewing this podcast is the BEST way to help us succeed with our mission to help integrate the best of East & West empower you to raise the bar on your health story. Just go to https://reviewthispodcast.com/lessstressedlife


    SPONSORS:
    A special thanks to our VIP sponsor RUPA Health, our lab concierge service that helps our clients get standard bloodwork 2/3 off retail direct to consumer lab test pricing. Let them know I sent you when you sign up for your free practitioner account.

    • 38 min
    #232 Listener Q&A Pregnancy constipation, dandruff and which redlight I use with Christa Biegler, RD

    #232 Listener Q&A Pregnancy constipation, dandruff and which redlight I use with Christa Biegler, RD

    INTRO: 
    This week on The Less Stressed Life Podcast,  I'm trying out something new. In this short ten-minute episode, I'm answering questions that I've gotten from our listeners. If you've got a question you'd like to answer you can submit them via Instagram DM or over at our website: www.christabiegler.com via the Speakpipe widget.


    LISTENER Q/A:
    Which redlight do you use? (1:18)Itchy Scalp with Dandruff - Any thoughts of what's going on? (2:48)What are some pregnancy-safe constipation recommendations? (4:30)

    CHRISTA SHARED HELPFUL TIPS ON:
    Basic Principle of red light therapyRed Light Therapy Product RecommendationBest Use Case for Red Light TherapyRoot Cause of DandruffHow to address the root cause of Dandruff & product recommendations.Cause of Constipation in PregnancyConstipation Tips & Tricks to move your bowels

    WHERE TO FIND CHRISTA:
    https://www.christabiegler.com/


    On IG:
    instagram.com/anti.inflammatory.nutritionist/


    Shop our Favorites
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    Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY NOW!


    Sharing & reviewing this podcast is the BEST way to help us succeed with our mission to help integrate the best of East & West empower you to raise the bar on your health story. Just go to https://reviewthispodcast.com/lessstressedlife


    SPONSORS:
    A special thanks to our VIP sponsor RUPA Health, our lab concierge service that helps our clients get standard bloodwork 2/3 off retail direct to consumer lab test pricing. Let them know I sent you when you sign up for your free practitioner account.

    • 10 min
    #231 Checklist for a broken metabolism, breaking the cycle, and disordered eating in dietetics with Megan Kober, RD

    #231 Checklist for a broken metabolism, breaking the cycle, and disordered eating in dietetics with Megan Kober, RD

    INTRO:  
    This week on The Less Stressed Life Podcast, I am joined by Megan Kober, RD who shares her story of what she wanted to do in practice and how it has evolved over the years. She talks about her personal experience with disordered eating and the feelings that came with that starting in Nutrition school. She opens up about the cycle of cutting calories and working out like crazy, following all the "rules" she'd learned but heading towards a downward spiral.


    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
    Change takes time, especially as we ageImportance of addressing inflammation, adrenals, gut healthWhat breaks our metabolism? Skipping meals, coffee for breakfast, intermittent fasting, suppressed hunger, over exercising, under nourishing/restricting food groups, under sleeping, stimulantsSigns of a broken metabolism: weight gain, bloating/digestive issues, loss of period, disordered eating, loss of hunger, hunger cues off, cravings, low morning temperature 

    GUEST SHARED HELPFUL TIPS ON:
    Under eating and over exercising is a recipe to burnoutMindset changes for a healthy relationship with food to nourish our metabolismManaging life stressorsHow to fix the system - disordered eating among the very professionals teaching it

    ABOUT GUEST:
    I’m Megan, and I’m a registered dietitian and founder of Metabolism Makeover, a blog, a brand, and a nutrition coaching business that focuses solely on helping women fire up their metabolism as a means to drop fat instead of the traditional “reduced-calorie diet.” I’m a hater of calorie-tracking apps, a big fan of a strong and dirty vodka martini, and I know EXACTLY what it’s like to feel frustrated and broken over the lies we’ve been told by the diet industry.


    WHERE TO FIND MEGAN:
    Instagram: @megan.the.dietitian and @themetabolismmakeover 
    Website: https://metabolismmakeover.co/


    WHERE TO FIND CHRISTA:
    https://www.christabiegler.com/
    On IG:
    instagram.com/anti.inflammatory.nutritionist/
    Shop our Favorites
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    Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY NOW!


    Sharing & reviewing this podcast is the BEST way to help us succeed with our mission to help integrate the best of East & West empower you to raise the bar on your health story. Just go to https://reviewthispodcast.com/lessstressedlife


    SPONSORS:
    A special thanks to our VIP sponsor RUPA Health, our lab concierge service that helps our clients get standard bloodwork 2/3 off retail direct to consumer lab test pricing. Let them know I sent you when you sign up for your free practitioner account.

    • 43 min
    #230 Autoimmune thyroid issues, hashimotos, graves disease, migraines, gluten free and more with Nicole Fennell, RD

    #230 Autoimmune thyroid issues, hashimotos, graves disease, migraines, gluten free and more with Nicole Fennell, RD

    INTRO:  
    This week on The Less Stressed Life Podcast, I am joined by  Nicole Fennell, RD. Nicole shares her personal health story and the changes she had to make when diagnosed with Hashimoto's. She talks about all things thyroid and what she sees in practice as well as overcoming challenges to feel better.
    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
    Can take 7-10 years for Hashimoto's diagnosisRoot cause of thyroid disorders- autoimmune or not autoimmuneLabs for checking thyroid - a full thyroid panel -TSH, total t3 and t4, free t3 and t4, antibodies, reverse t3, tbg, sex hormone binding globulinSymptoms must be considered with labsNormal labs vs optimal labsHow can you get needed nutrition to support thyroidHow to dig deep to find out why symptoms are thereNext level labs/tests- GI, micronutrient, hair mineral analysis WITH quality interpretation Stress may impact the thyroid functionGUEST SHARED HELPFUL TIPS ON:
    Working to get labs drawnMy labs are "normal" but I feel crappy" what to doGetting a good provider on your health care teamMindset changes around dietSupporting the basics- nutrition, sleep, lifestyle Nourish your body don't depriveDo you need to be gluten free with Hashimoto's?ABOUT GUEST:
    Nicole is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist certified in Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy. After years of working as a clinical inpatient Dietitian, her personal journey with thyroid autoimmunity led her to eventually start a private practice that challenged the "status quo" of what it means to be healthy since following all the "diet rules" is what made her sick. Her work with those who have autoimmune thyroid disease is a root-cause approach, marrying a flexible food framework and personalized lab data to create sustainable and realistic lifelong changes. Nicole takes a nourishment over deprivation approach and helps women mend their metabolism, banish brain fog, enhance energy, and redefine their relationship with food and their bodies.
    WHERE TO FIND NICOLE:
    @chewsfoodwisely 
    www.chewsfoodwisely.com
    FREEBIE FROM NICOLE: Free "Thyroid School" email sign up and free "Thyroid School Community Chat"// I would also like to link to my self-paced Brain Fog Bootcamp: Thyroid self-paced course through website


    WHERE TO FIND CHRISTA:
    https://www.christabiegler.com/
    On IG:
    instagram.com/anti.inflammatory.nutritionist/
    Shop our Favorites
    christabiegler.com/shop
    Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY NOW!
    Sharing & reviewing this podcast is the BEST way to help us succeed with our mission to help integrate the best of East & West empower you to raise the bar on your health story. Just go to https://reviewthispodcast.com/lessstressedlife


    SPONSORS:
    A special thanks to our VIP sponsor RUPA Health, our lab concierge service that helps our clients get standard bloodwork 2/3 off retail direct to consumer lab test pricing. Let them know I sent you when you sign up for your free practitioner account.

    • 39 min

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