In a world of influencers posing as experts, and a time when the public’s trust in media is at an all time low, especially when it comes to nutrition and diets, Dr. Melina presents the Practically Healthy podcast. Drawing from her 20+ years experience as a nutrition MD and media contributor, along with cutting edge scientific studies and REAL facts, Dr. Melina will translate the latest health and wellness trends into what you should do, can do and will do to live your happiest, healthiest, best version of yourself.
Rock Star: Sasha DiGiulian
Professional rock climber, writer and philanthropist, Sasha DiGiulian joins for episode 33 of the Practically Healthy podcast! Sasha first began climbing at 6 years old and has earned numerous titles including World Championship for Female Overall, the undefeated panAmerica Champion 2004 to the present and three-time US National Champion.
Sasha shares an insider’s perspective of the male-dominated rock climbing world, from combating sexism, breaking down gatekeepers and her aspirations to “build a new table” by lifting more women up and providing opportunities for other female rock climbers. She shares life on the side of a cliff, discusses strength to weight body ratio and talks about completing the 5.14d climb- the hardest climb achieved by a woman in the world.
Dr. Melina and Sasha delve into the training needed for the intense demands of rock climbing- from sport specific training, gym workouts, cardio and even finger strength. They touch on Sasha’s nutrition journey, from a period of disordered eating, to learning she was celiac, to focusing more on nutrition after college. Sasha shares the story of her nutrition bar company, Send Bars, made with adaptogens, greens and the highest quality gluten free, vegan and organic ingredients- created by athletes for everyone.
To learn more about Sasha DiGiulian, her impressive climbing career and many philanthropic interests, follow her @sashadigiulian or visit Sashadigiulian.com. To experience Send Bars, visit sendbars.com.
The Sleep Doctor: Dr. Michael Breus, FAASM
Sleep better tonight! Dr. Melina is joined by Dr. Michael Breus, America's sleep doctor and best-selling author. Dr. Breus opens by calling sleep “the domino of wellness”, asserting that once you optimize your sleep, many other aspects of health fall into line- weight loss, mood, productivity, food cravings and more.
Dr. Melina admits to struggling with sleep herself and Dr. Breus introduces the concept of Chronotypes- the genetically determined biological clock unique to each person. He shares the four Chronotypes and helps Dr. Melina and the listener and discover which applies to them. Once you reveal your Chronotype, we learn steps to take to help get the sleep quality and quantity we need to be at our best each day.
The doctors share practically healthy tips for getting better sleep, common sleep mistakes, chat supplements, CBD and more! Dr. Breus shares his number one tip for better sleep and issues a “sex challenge” with regard to honoring your Chronotype.
A must-listen for anyone looking to optimize your sleep or struggling to get some shut eye. Practically Healthy listeners are invited to visit Chronoquiz.com to take a free test to learn their Chronotype or check out Dr. Breus’ book The Power of When. To learn more about Dr. Breus follow him @thesleepdoctor or check out thesleepdoctor.com.
The Great Age Reboot: Cracking the Longevity Code for a Younger Tomorrow: Dr. Michael Roizen
What if 90 were the new 40? Pioneering longevity physician and four time #1 NYT best-selling author, Dr. Michael Roizen joins to share a groundbreaking narrative of the future of longevity, revealing how new scientific and medical advances will change the world—and how they will unlock your ability to live younger, longer, and better.
The doctors discuss the 14 aging mechanisms- the biological processes that control your rate of aging- and share exciting advances in the fight against leading causes of death including cardiovascular disease, obesity, Alzheimer's and cancer.
Dr. Roizen touches on the 180 key factors that affect biological age and offers practically healthy advice for reversing the clock including only eating foods that love you back, the importance of supplements and being your own health advocate. Dr. Roizen also adresses the effects of longer lifespans from a cultural and economic perspective- and how to prepare yourself emotionally and financially.
An optimistic insight into the future of longevity with tips to optimize your healthspan and lifespan today! Dr. Roizen’s new book, “The Great Age Reboot: Cracking the Longevity Code for a Younger Tomorrow” is available now or follow him at @drmichaelroizen to learn more.
Making Peace With Food: Meredith O’Brien, LCSW
Meredith O’Brien, LCSW joins to share hope, tips and inspiration for those suffering from disordered eating or beat down from today’s impossible beauty ideals. She shares her journey from being diagnosed at 13 years old as an anorexic, to inpatient hospitalization at 35, to full recovery today.
Dr. Melina and Meredith discuss the baggage that we all feel with regard to eating and the need to take morality out food. They touch on the 10 principals of intuitive eating including rejecting diet mentality, honoring your hunger and that no foods are off limits. The role of parents and modeling is highlighted and many other important factors for beginning the road to recovery.
Practically healthy tips are offered to help listeners feel less hungry and increase satiety which gives you the power to focus on recovery. An important and helpful discussion for anyone looking to improve their relationship with food, raise body-positive children or those with loved ones in need of support.
Learn more about Meredith O’Brien and her new book, “Opening the Door: My Journey Through Anorexia to Full Recovery” at www.recoveryfromanorexia.com.
Healthy, Happy, Resilient Kids Part 2: Dr. Tanya Altmann
In part two of a special two-part episode, Dr. Melina and pediatrician and nationally recognized child healthcare expert, Dr. Tanya Altmann continue their discussion about raising optimally healthy, happy and resilient kids.
The conversation shifts to navigating COVID-19 as a parent- the doctors discuss the role of the vaccine, effects vs risk, and share their thoughts on booster shots before returning to school.
Dr. Melina and Dr. Tanya meld their expertise with regard to kids and supplements, sharing their perspective on use and dosage of Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Zinc and pre and probiotics. Above all, an integrative approach is stressed with an emphasis on a balanced diet and healthy weight.
Dr. Tanya shares that food allergies are at an all time high and the doctors discuss the difference between a food allergy and sensitivity- touching on gluten, dairy and peanuts- what to look for, why you shouldn’t necessarily eliminate foods and modern approaches to help prevent or build tolerance toward allergies.
A fact-based discussion about today’s top parenting topics from two true experts! To learn more about Dr. Tanya or her private practice, Calabasas Pediatrics, visit DrTanya.com or follow her @drtanyaaltmann
Healthy, Happy, Resilient Kids: Dr. Tanya Altmann
Pediatrician and nationally recognized child health expert, Dr Tanya Altmann joins to share her expertise in helping parents raise optimally healthy, happy and resilient kids.
As a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, best-selling author of several parenting books and 20+ years caring for children, Dr. Tanya is a highly sought-after pediatric healthcare authority and consultant.
Dr. Melina and Dr. Tanya set the record straight on the most pressing children’s health issues parents face today- sleep, nutrition, screen time, mental health and more- what to look for and what steps to take.
The doctors discuss sugar, dairy choices, ADHD, supplementation and share the practically healthy hacks they use in their own homes. A must-listen for parents looking to set their kids up to be their healthiest, happiest selves!
To learn more about Dr. Tanya or her private practice, Calabasas Pediatrics, visit DrTanya.com or follow her @drtanyaaltmann
Love Dr Melina!
Dr. Melina is informative, keeps the pace of the podcast going and encourages us to be “practically healthy”… with solid advice. I especially love when she talks about her love of wine! Like so many of us, we will do many things right but we want our wine! Practically Healthy is my favorite health podcast!
The Real Deal!
Dr. Melina is a triple threat- a medical expert, talented interviewer and fun to listen to. I learn something new every episode and have started making small changes in my everyday life. New favorite podcast!
Direction Not Perfection Approved!!!
I love everything about “Practically Healthy”! I believe so strongly that we can strive for excellence in health, but ditch the idea of perfection! We have to be practical in our approach to nutrition, movement… what fits in our life and how we can work around barriers!! Melina is down to earth and REAL in her coaching (I also LOVE her medical background)!!