37 episodes

Have you taken a rest day yet? You can rest with us.

Have a listen to the Rest Days podcast, hosted by Certified Personal Trainer Lauren Leavell and Registered Dietitian Maria Sylvester Terry. Enjoy on RSS, Spotify, and Patreon.

Tuning into Rest Days is sure to become your favorite part of the week. We dive headfirst into the pervasive elements of diet and wellness culture and black-and-white thinking. It's rough out here; let's take a beat, laugh about it, and reframe our mindset. New episodes released every Wednesday to get you through the midway funk.

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Rest Days Lauren Leavell + Maria Sylvester Terry

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

Have you taken a rest day yet? You can rest with us.

Have a listen to the Rest Days podcast, hosted by Certified Personal Trainer Lauren Leavell and Registered Dietitian Maria Sylvester Terry. Enjoy on RSS, Spotify, and Patreon.

Tuning into Rest Days is sure to become your favorite part of the week. We dive headfirst into the pervasive elements of diet and wellness culture and black-and-white thinking. It's rough out here; let's take a beat, laugh about it, and reframe our mindset. New episodes released every Wednesday to get you through the midway funk.

Patreon patrons gain exclusive access to our recorded video podcasts, special just-for-patrons episodes, and first dibs on our podcast merchandise. Consider yourself in our 'close friends' network.

    Soup or Bowl

    Soup or Bowl

    It’s time for the Super Bowl. Who are we rooting for? Usher, baby. When Usher plays the halftime show, we’re all winners.
    So, instead of Super Bowl talk, we’re talking soups and bowls. Does soup count as a meal? What’s our favorite bowl meals? We get into nutrition and simple food hacks to keep you nourished all winter long. 
    Give this one a listen for lots of giggles and what we believe to be actually helpful meal suggestions!
    Hosts: Lauren Leavell + Maria Sylvester Terry | @laurenleavellfitness @vitamin_ri
    Contact: restdayspodcast@gmail.com
    Music: Nick Sylvester | @nickgodmode
    Artwork: Brandi Wheeler | @stardustbyjuno

    • 38 min
    What Have We Learned About Ourselves?

    What Have We Learned About Ourselves?

    Do people actually change, or do they just become more of who they really are? To be honest, we aren’t sure and we aren’t answering that big question today. We do want you to take a moment in your day to acknowledge what you’ve learned about yourself lately. Even better, what do you LIKE about yourself?
    We walk through some of our favorite topics, like food, movement, routine, and style, and discuss the things we’ve learned about ourselves, especially coming out of our diet headspace eras. We hope this episode serves as a fun way to get to know us and as an example for a conversation you can have with yourself!
    Hosts: Lauren Leavell + Maria Sylvester Terry | @laurenleavellfitness @vitamin_ri
    Contact: restdayspodcast@gmail.com
    Music: Nick Sylvester | @nickgodmode
    Artwork: Brandi Wheeler | @stardustbyjuno

    • 1 hr
    We Only Marched for 30 minutes

    We Only Marched for 30 minutes

    Did you think Mardi Gras was just one day, too? Well, you’re not totally wrong. Mardi Gras is Fat Tuesday, but when you live in New Orleans, Carnival Season is weeks long. This episode is the result of a phone call in which Lauren asked Maria, “Wait… is my friend a Mummer?” The rest is for you to find out.
    As you may know, Maria is based in New Orleans and has adopted Carnival Season with great enthusiasm. She’s in multiple dance krewes, spends weeks creating costumes, attends practices for weeks, and… Lauren really had no idea.
    Lauren interviews Maria about her Carnival experiences, how she manages her movement routine with practices, and how community makes a huge difference when it comes to your relationship with exercise.
    We’re not saying joining a dance krewe will fix your relationship with movement, but we’re not saying it won’t!
    Hosts: Lauren Leavell + Maria Sylvester Terry | @laurenleavellfitness @vitamin_ri
    Contact: restdayspodcast@gmail.com
    Music: Nick Sylvester | @nickgodmode
    Artwork: Brandi Wheeler | @stardustbyjuno

    • 33 min
    New Year, Same (Horrible) Me

    New Year, Same (Horrible) Me

    Be honest: are you having a happy new year? We’re back for Season 5, and that’s enough. Being back, being here, and keeping on with our lives is the win for us!
    In this episode, we first get into the details of what exactly happened in Season 4: our shortest season of all time.
    Mostly, this episode explores what we encourage you to unlearn about the New Year: expectations to be a different person, to achieve a new level of goals, and to feel industrious. The truth is: it is really enough to step into the New Year as you are.
    We share tangible next steps and reframes for embracing the New Year with a spirit of acceptance. In addition, we teach you something from our recent workshop - how to set intentions that make room for more of you instead of a New You.
    No promises, but you might feel better about the year ahead after this episode. Go give it a whirl and let us know.
    Hosts: Lauren Leavell + Maria Sylvester Terry | @laurenleavellfitness @vitamin_ri
    Contact: restdayspodcast@gmail.com
    Music: Nick Sylvester | @nickgodmode
    Artwork: Brandi Wheeler | @stardustbyjuno

    • 31 min
    Gadgets and Gizmos a’plenty II

    Gadgets and Gizmos a’plenty II

    Welcome back to Rest Days! This is our second installment of Gadgets and Gizmos a’plenty and we definitely have who’s its and what’s its galore. There will DEFINITELY be thingamabobs. Is it an episode of entirely clickbait items? Maybe.
    We hope this episode brings some comical relief to the onslaught of devices and products we will be marketed throughout the holiday season. Some of them are luxury, others problematic, and some just won’t age well.
    Hosts: Lauren Leavell + Maria Sylvester Terry | @laurenleavellfitness @vitamin_ri
    Contact: restdayspodcast@gmail.com
    Music: Nick Sylvester | @nickgodmode
    Artwork: Brandi Wheeler | @stardustbyjuno

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Hormone Monsters (PMS + PMDD)

    The Hormone Monsters (PMS + PMDD)

    Today, we’re interviewing two guests: our own Hormone Monsters. Navigating a menstrual cycle - be it regular AF or simply untrackable - can feel like filing taxes depending on the time of the month. As two people with some pretty frustrating Hormone Monster moments, we’re taking time to discuss PMS, PMDD, and what sets them apart. In this episode, we discuss the differences between PMS and PMDD, what it’s like to get a PMDD diagnosis, and a host of helpful strategies to support the stages of your cycle. Given our specialties, we talk a good bit about how movement and food can affect/be affected by that Hormone Monster. Hosts: Lauren Leavell + Maria Sylvester Terry | @laurenleavellfitness @vitamin_riContact: restdayspodcast@gmail.comMusic: Nick Sylvester | @nickgodmodeArtwork: Brandi Wheeler | @stardustbyjuno

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

MarlaHugsBeer ,

Engaging and Funny!

Lauren and Maria have conversations I wish my younger self had with her friends. But, it’s never to late to start! This podcast is warm, friendly, and informative, and full of spontaneity and comfort that we all hope to feel from friendships. You should definitely listen!

Thehappyplate ,

Great content, poor audio

I love Lauren and Maria’s content and perspectives. The topics on this pod are great, but the audio quality needs a lot of help. On the latest episode, I could only hear Lauren, and Maria sounded like she was 10 feet away from the mic. This kind of solid content deserves a better recording setup.

Smariej14 ,

Witty!

This is a great duo! I love their content separately and think the show format is great and well paced! They are engaging and I always find myself having a good laugh during my hour with them. Both have a sharp wit and are down to earth. They will challenge you to reconsider your relationship with food and movement and invite more ease into these areas of life that are rife with anxiety and restriction.

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