64 episodes

The Full Plate is a podcast all about bettering your health, upping your productivity, and improving your life through food. Because, that’s what I’m all about - using food to help you do you better.

The Full Plate Erica Ballard

    • Alternative Health
    • 5.0 • 49 Ratings

The Full Plate is a podcast all about bettering your health, upping your productivity, and improving your life through food. Because, that’s what I’m all about - using food to help you do you better.

    63: Clearing My Plate to Make Room for More

    63: Clearing My Plate to Make Room for More

    Hi, Friends! For the last several weeks, I’ve been dreaming of something bigger and better for this podcast. Something that will dispel the lies that have been holding you back. Something that will truly provide the clarity and confidence you need in order to take meaningful steps towards better health. But in order to make this dream a reality, I need to take a beat.
    So, this is the last episode of The Full Plate for a couple of months. Next time we show up in your feed, we’ll be serving up some really awesome stuff. I can’t wait. 
    THANK YOU for listening faithfully over the last year. I’m so excited to share what we’re working on. In the meantime, I hope you’ll stay in touch with me over on Instagram @ericaballardhealth. 

    • 2 min
    62: Progressing Your Performance in the Gym with Abe Maynard

    62: Progressing Your Performance in the Gym with Abe Maynard

    Are you hitting the gym and wondering how to progress your workouts? Abe Maynard can help with that. Abe is a personal trainer and coach based in Los Angeles, where he works with with prominent entrepreneurs, business leaders, and entertainers. He helps each of his clients reach their own potential through fitness by keeping workouts simple, safe and effective. Listen in for Abe’s wisdom when it comes to safely and effectively progressing your performance in the gym.
    In this episode, we cover:
    Why it’s so important to lay a physical foundation and a mental foundation for your fitness What we mean when we talk about mobility How to work basic bodyweight movements into your everyday life How coaches can help you stay safe and motivated in the gym How food impacts your results in the gym  If you enjoyed our conversation and want to learn more from Abe, check out www.abemaynard.com or get in touch on Instagram @abemaynard. And don’t forget to check in with me on Instagram at @ericaballardhealth. I'd love to hear from you! 

    • 46 min
    61: The Truth About the Meat You Eat with Darby Simpson

    61: The Truth About the Meat You Eat with Darby Simpson

    Are you ready for an honest conversation about meat? This is such an important topic, so listen in as we unpack the reasons why meat has been vilified, why conventional meat is so bad for you, and how regenerative farming can transform not only our health - but our planet too.
    Today’s guest is Darby Simpson, former mechanical engineer turned full-time livestock farmer from Central Indiana. Darby is passionate about repairing the environment through regenerative farming practices and changing the conversation around meat as a part of a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. In this conversation, he shares thought-provoking and data-packed information that will help us think about how we approach meat in our daily lives.
    Why meat has become so controversial in the diet and nutrition space Why pasture raised meats are more nutrient dense than conventionally raised meats How farming practices impact the environment What questions we should be asking our local farmers Which labels to be weary of at the supermarket I hope this conversation causes you to dig a little deeper and think about how our food choices impact not just our health of our bodies - but the health of our planet. To stay in touch with Darby, check out www.simpsonfamilyfarm.com or www.darbysimpson.com. You can also check out Darby’s recommended resource www.pastureproject.org for more information on this topic.
    If you enjoyed this episode, give me a shout on Instagram at @ericaballardhealth and leave a 5-star review on iTunes.

    • 41 min
    60: Doing Keto Right with Vivica Menegaz

    60: Doing Keto Right with Vivica Menegaz

    Have you heard the buzz about keto? It can be a confusing and sometimes controversial topic, but you might be wondering if it’s the key to reaching your goals. (I know you’re curious because 36: Intermittent Fasting 101 with Beth Lipton is one of the most downloaded episodes of The Full Plate to date!)
    So, to answer all of our keto questions, allow me to introduce you to Keto Nutritionist & Hormone Specialist, Vivica Menegaz. As a published author, Vivica is an expert on keto adaptation and using this process to bring about healing in the body. In this episode we are breaking down the benefits of the keto paleo diet -- what it is, how it works, and who this program is right for.
    But here’s the thing: there’s a right way and a wrong way to do keto, and Vivica wants to make sure you do it right.
    Listen in to learn:
    What ketosis is and why it can be a healing state for our bodies How our unique bodies differ when it comes to carb tolerances and finding our ideal diet What keto adaptation is and how our brains can re-learn to burn ketones How ketosis can help balance hormones Who keto is for and how to do it right Today’s conversation only scratches the surface of all that Vivica has to share about the keto paleo lifestyle and the science behind it. For more, be sure to check out her blog and snag this special download for podcast listeners. And, keep an eye out on socials for your chance to win a copy of her book, The Keto Paleo Kitchen.

    If you enjoyed this episode, give us a shout on Instagram at @ericaballardhealth and @thenourishedcaveman. We’d love to hear from you!

    • 44 min
    59: Why Goat Milk Might Be the Dairy For You with Tim Vanzant of Risin' Creek Creamery

    59: Why Goat Milk Might Be the Dairy For You with Tim Vanzant of Risin' Creek Creamery

    Do you ever have trouble digesting dairy? If so, you might want to give goat milk products a try. Today we’re talking to Tim Vanzant of Risin’ Creek Creamery. As a 35-year veteran of raising nubian goats, Tim has incredible knowledge when it comes to the nutrient makeup of goat milk and why it may be easier for humans to digest. He also happens to be one of the vendors who I make a point to visit at my local farmers market nearly every week. So, Tim and his herd of goats are an important part of my life, and I’m excited to share his knowledge with you today.
    Listen in to understand:
    Why goat milk might be a good alternative if you have trouble digesting dairy What you need to know about choosing dairy and goat milk products What it means when dairy products are labeled as raw vs. pasteurized vs. ultra pasteurized    How seasons and food sources affect the taste and nutrient profile of goat milk Why sourcing fresh, local dairy products is so important You’re going to love getting to know Tim and his “diva” goats, and I hope this inspires you to get to know your local farmers and producers. If you’re near Indianapolis, be sure to visit Indy Winter Farmers Market, Broad Ripple Winter Farmers Market and specialty stores such as Wildwood Market to give Risin’ Creek Chevre a try. You can also check out www.risincreek.com or @RisinCreekCreamery on Facebook and Instagram for market updates (and cute pictures of goats).

    If this episode was helpful to you, hop on over to iTunes and give The Full Plate a five star review. We’d be so grateful. And as always, get in touch with me on Instagram @ericaballardhealth.

    • 36 min
    58: Keeping Tabs on Your Mental Health with Topsie Vandenbosch

    58: Keeping Tabs on Your Mental Health with Topsie Vandenbosch

    Do you need a therapist? How do you know if you need a therapist? This episode will help us sort through just that.
    Today’s guest is my friend, Topsie Vandenbosch. Topsie is a mental health therapist who specializes in working with career-focused women who struggle with inner confidence. In this episode, she helps us answer some fundamental questions, like What does mental health look like? How common are anxiety and depression? What’s the line between a bad day and a mental health issue that requires professional help?
    Because here’s the thing: Mental health is a spectrum, and it manifests itself differently in every person. The key is to know what to look for so we can proactively strive for mental and emotional wellness in our lives.
    Listen in as we unpack:
    The most common mental health issues and how they show up in different people How to know when it’s time to visit a mental health professional What a panic attack looks and feels like, and what to do if you think you’re having one What can happen if you avoid processing a traumatic event, and how working with a mental health professional can help How to choose the right mental health professional for you I know you’re going to want to stay in touch with Topsie, so give her a shout on Instagram at @topsievandenbosch and check out  www.topsievandenbosch.com to grab her awesome freebie: “The Top 26 Reasons Why You Need a Mindset Coach.”
    If you loved this episode, jump on over to iTunes and leave The Full Plate a five-star review so we can reach more people with this important conversation on mental health!

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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49 Ratings

49 Ratings

morgan mcgill ,

New favorite

I am so thankful for this podcast! As a newish Indy citizen, this podcast makes me feel connected and in the know! Erica is funny and her choice of guests is prime. I love a podcast where I can learn something and laugh at the same time, so this checks all the boxes for me! Thanks Erica! :)


This. Stuff. Is. Gold.

Honestly....it is so refreshing to see someone really explode with high level information.

Bring this one to the gym, work and car rides for inspiration and actionable advice.

Bobbylobby ,

Only health podcast you need

I love how Erica keeps it so real on her podcast. It’s the perfect combination of informational knowledge mixed with lightheartedness and ease, which makes it so easy to learn! I’m so grateful that she’s sharing so much information about feeling healthy from a variety of angles. If you listen to any health podcast, this should be your number 1

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