Real World Woman...Sex, Money & Food podcast is hosted by Alexandra Harbushka. It is designed to educate women on what life deals you in the real world. Recognizing there is a need in today's society to encourage and help women understand the basic essentials in life, Alexandra sums up the essentials into three categories; Sex, Money & Food. The Real World Woman...Sex, Money & Food podcast is designed to help women understand the balance of life within every aspect and to help women have a healthy relationship with life. The podcast is released every Tuesday, and each episode is about 30-40 minutes. On each episode, Alexandra interviews industry experts who are able to provide their expertise and advice with the goal to help women grow, become more confident and have a healthy relationship with life's essentials.
115: Transforming Your Health With Nutrition, with Jenny and Mike Ciampa
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Welcome to this edition of The Sex, Money and Food podcast! Episode 115 is an unusual show in that we have two guests, Jenny and Mike Ciampa. They are personal friends of mine who also live in San Diego.
Today we talk mostly about food, second chances and how they approach health differently today. We also discuss Mike’s recent health scare that led to an amazing transformation. Join us to hear all the details on this episode of the Sex, Money and Food podcast!
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Mike is a real estate broker, I personally worked with him when I was in the mortgage industry. I met his wife Jenny, a former elementary teacher who has become a nutritional coach.
In the last year Mike had to change his health habits, from his mindset to what he was eating. Although you would never have known it by looking at him, his body was very unhealthy. It wasn't something that happened over a couple months' time, it happened over a period of years.
In 2015 he was having a great year in real estate, he made a lot of money and had a successful professional year. But he didn't realize how little attention he was giving to his health. For him every day was about waking up, and getting going with caffeine and sugar! The rest of the day was about maintaining that energy through more caffeine and more sugar.
His morning coffee was a venti latte with vanilla, with loads of sugar. That would last til lunch, and lunch would be chips and juice from 7-11. By mid-afternoon his energy would drop again and he’d eat a bagel or something similar. It was constant peaks and crashes.
So at the end of 2015 he had a lot of money in his bank account but he was a "walking heart attack" in his words. He had some pretty severe symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes.
Jenny noticed he was drinking a lot of milk and orange juice, two things she thought were symptoms of pre-diabetes.
She Googled it and found she right. She told Mike what she had found and asked him to go to the doctor and get it checked out, which didn't go over well with him!
But his family saw signs over the holidays and they chimed in with their concerns as well.
He did get to the doctor to have himself checked out. Everyone had been right; his blood sugar was terrible. Normally blood sugar levels should be between 90-100, his were nearly over 400! The meter stops at 400 so they may have actually been higher. His
doctor said he was surprised Mike wasn't in a diabetic coma
Mike points out he's an example of many people out there: people are busy and grab food they can eat quickly. When you couple that with our lack of nutritional education it leads to a lot of serious health problems for so many people in our culture.
When adults are not getting the proper nutrition they are raising children to do the same. So kids eat this way too and it becomes a vicious cycle.
Jenny saw it firsthand when she was teaching in the schools. She would see her low -income students come in with "Cheeto hands" meaning they were fed Cheetos for breakfast. She says on one hand it's heartbreaking because that isn't a healthy breakfast. On the other hand it was better than not getting any food at all, which was also the case for some of her kids.
Mike was able to break the cycle for himself through a desire to change both his diet and his mindset, along with actually changing what he eats and how he cares for his body.
He and Jenny were also fortunate to find a nutritional system that allowed him to get excellent nutrition while still maintaining his lifestyle. And by doing so in less than a year later his diabetes was gone, something his doctor was amazed by.
Jenny explains the body has an amazing way of healing itself when it's given the proper nutrition. Nutrition supports the healing process of the body, your body knows what to
114: Celebrating Our Freedom with Alexandra Harbushka
Happy Fourth of July, it is our Nations Birthday. On today’s episode, we celebrate Freedom. We celebrate the freedom to become who you want to become and what you want to do.
In my opinion, the Fourth of July is not about corn on the cob, a hot dog and getting the right spot at the beach. It is about our country birthday. Don’t get me wrong…I am pretty excited about the corn on the cob and the firework display. But it is ultimately about freedom.
I want to thank you to the men and women who have served and will serve to keep us free. Thank you to the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in a Free country. THANK YOU.
As we talk about Freedom the questing might dawn on you, what does it mean to be free? How do I become Free? Am I free?
The answer. It starts with self-love. It requires trust, just doing it and knowing that you can do it. There is no task too big or too small, everything starts with the first step. Acknowledging what you want to be free from. Acknowledging what you want to accomplish. But most importantly acknowledging
Ask yourself, what is something you want to become free from? Maybe it is guilt. Maybe it is smoking, maybe it is alcohol, maybe it is a toxic relationship, maybe it is your job, Maybe it is your girlfriend, boyfriend, lover. Maybe it has something to do with Sex, Money or Food. It could be a paycheck or it could be to be free from yo-yo dieting. You funnel that down and it all begins with self-love and knowing your self-worth.
Are you wondering what I am free from? Well, It is liberating to release my secret. My secret of having genital herpes is out. It has been liberating to release the Life With Herpes Podcast and know that I am helping men and women all over the world. It is liberating to know that I can be transparent. Was it hard? Yep! Was it scary? Absolutely. Was I worried about judgment, of course. But was it worth it, YES.
This week, what is one thing you can make a choice to be free from. Become independent? In celebrating our Nations Birthday be the Pursuit of Life Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
See you next week.
113: Vacation Binge Eating with Alexandra Harbushka
We have all had the trip where we enjoy the food way too much and then our jeans don't fit on the plane ride back. Right? Well, that is ok. In today's podcast, Alexandra talks about some tips to help you get back on track from your vacay binge and get you back to your pre-vacation body.
112: Living A Soul-Fueled Life, with Amber Lilyestrom
Welcome to this edition of The Sex, Money and Food podcast! Today’s guest is yet another amazing woman: Amber Lilyestrom. She’s a branding and business strategist, writer, speaker, wife and mother. She also hosts The Soul Fueled CEO podcast and loves supporting visionaries, leaders and disruptivators changing their lives and the world around them.
Today we talk about how becoming a mom led to becoming an entrepreneur and business owner, what her eating disorder showed her about self-love and so much more. Join us on this enlightening adventure we call episode 112 of the Sex, Money and Food podcast!
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When Amber became pregnant with her daughter she instinctively knew she was being led to leave her corporate career. It was a hard realization, but she knew that was where she needed to go next.
That instinct was only made more real when during her daughter's birth she had a near-death experience, what she calls an awakening. She knew the truth of what she was here to do, and it wasn’t to stay in her old job any longer than what was absolutely necessary.
Now emboldened about what she was meant to do, she went back to her job knowing she was a different person with a different awareness for her life. She had to make some hard choices and create change, but with the courage to do so comes a sense of ease and peace.
Amber says it's been the greatest gift she’s given to herself and her life; she's a different wife, mother, daughter, friend, and coach in the world. And she’s a different person for herself.
On this episode of Sex, Money and Food, we also talk about her eating disorder. At one point she realized marrying the man of her dreams wasn't going to be sustainable unless she healed herself and worked on herself first. She says she was a mess, she was ready to admit it.
The roots of the issue began in childhood, she was sexually molested by an extended family member when she was very young. With her parents support and belief, she went to court to prove she was telling the truth. She remembers standing in a room by herself in front of adults telling them what happened, and then watching them evaluate whether or not she was telling the truth.
That would be an intense experience for anyone, but especially a 5-year old child.
Going forward in life she carried that experience with her. When her body hit puberty and she chose soccer over gymnastics. And she had something to prove: she played on three teams a year, went to tons of tournaments and was recruited. She barely had any time off, and neither did her body.
In fact, she worked her body so hard she hardly ever had her period as a teen. Doctors told her she didn’t have enough body fat to menstruate, but she was not convinced. She believed she was overweight.
In college, it got even worse. Now there was no one else around watching over her. She was on her own. Adding to that was the pressure of being a D1 scholarship athlete competing for playing time. She would do whatever needed to be done to compete; her value of herself was based on how she performed on the soccer field, nothing else mattered.
Amber talks about how that came to a head after a 15 year battle, how she got honest with herself about the situation and how she began the healing process.
We also discuss why most of us feel like things should be "hard" but they don’t have to be, and how to find what's next for you when you know it's time to move on. Share in the conversation on those topics and more on today’s edition of the Sex, Money and Food podcast!
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Amber Answers The Questions
Rank the following in order: Sex, Money, Food:
Intimacy has got to be #1! I think connection has to be #1, nourishment/food is #2
111: Releasing Your Self Judgment with Alexandra Harbushka
Welcome to this edition of The Sex, Money and Food podcast! Today’s show is about how to let go and release yourself from all the judgment you create. It keeps you held back and prevents you from moving forward. Feeling your feeling can be wild and scary but it is your gift and only you can feel them. Find the area in your life where you need to open up, let go and find healing. As soon as that part of your life is healed, another more beautiful part can begin.
I know a ton about releasing self-judgment. I personally have been on my own emotional roller coaster the last couple of weeks. I have decided to launch a new podcast that is near and dear to my heart. My new podcast is called, Life With Herpes. Yep...herpes. Yes, I have herpes. Yes, I have genital herpes. And Yes, I have oral herpes too. Anyway, I am excited to bring it to fruition and create a community for people to come, have support and not be judged. I will keep you posted on when the podcast gets approved in iTunes but in the meantime, you can head over to www.lifewithherpes.com for more details.
Remember judging yourself only creates pain, turmoil and prevents you from living the most beautiful and fulfilling life. Let those tears come, open up and let go.
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10: 8 Strategies to an Ecstatic Workday with Alexandra Harbushka
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110: 8 Strategies to an Ecstatic Workday
Welcome to this edition of The Sex, Money and Food podcast! Today’s show is about how to be ecstatic at work, even if you don’t like your job. Frankly, we all have parts of our jobs we don’t like - there are even parts of doing this podcast that I don’t like!
But there are ways we can make our work and our time spent working more enjoyable. I’ll give you my 8 recommendations for making the most of your job, no matter what. Listen in for all 8 on episode 110 of the Sex, Money and Food podcast!
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Even though we all have days we don't like our job or the work we do, there are ways to make it more pleasurable. We can even be ecstatic in our work life by making little changes to our routine and to our mindset.
Whether we enjoy working or not comes down to mindset: do we perceive our work day as boring or stimulating and challenging? Below are my top 8 tips to help you stay stimulated and positively engaged during your day and avoid burnout.
Dress how you want to feel. Do you have that dress that makes you that "it girl" at the bar? We all do! I'm not saying to wear it to work, but if you are wearing sweats you act like you are wearing sweats. When you're dressed up you stand up straighter, and more confident. Dress how you want to feel: comfortable? smart? powerful? confident? Define how you want to feel it and create the outfit that reflects that, then wear it.
Pack snacks and a delicious lunch. Pack something that nourishes your body and makes you feel good, and is good for you. Make your snacks and your lunch something you look forward to having! Eat something that gives you pleasure, it will recharge your internal battery.
Set a timer. I set a timer for 50 minutes when I start a task, and chances are I get it done in those 50 minutes! If I'm close I might keep going but usually, I finish within that time period. Or at the end of the 50 minutes, I decide I need a break; I give myself a dance party break, or I take a walk around the block or hop on Facebook.
Dress up your desk. Dress it up - add flowers, add pictures of your favorites like your family, your lover, your pet, etc. Don't clutter it up but make it yours and make it a space you like to be in.
Give praise to a coworker. Nothing feels better than giving a compliment to someone. Do you love someone's outfit or what they said in the meeting? Let them know. Giving praise goes far and is good for both of you.
Do a victory lap. When you accomplish something give yourself a "high five" or take a victory lap around the office. Or give yourself a gold star like you did when you got an "A" in grade school! Whatever it is be sure it is something that makes you feel good. Keep track of your accomplishments.
When all else fails, play hooky. Maybe you need to cut back and you are in the burned out phase, so you need to leave early and take care of yourself. It's not an excuse to ditch early for happy hour with your girlfriends! This is about doing some other form of self-care to replenish yourself when you're nearing the burn out stage.
Wondering what #8 is? You’ll have to listen or watch the episode to find out. Be sure you do, it’s a good one. Then let me know how the 8 tips from episode 110 of the Sex, Money and Food podcast have worked for you!
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