118 episodes

Health is the *ultimate* wealth—but when it comes to topics like nutrition, weight loss, exercise, sleep, and stress management, there’s A LOT of conflicting information out there. What ACTUALLY works? What’s just a waste of time? And why does it feel like you need a master’s degree to figure it out?!

If you’re ready to look & feel your best WITHOUT any confusion, frustration, or stress…you’re in the right place!

Each week, host + nutrition coach Brooke Simonson interviews experts and shares no-nonsense, research-backed tips so that you can *finally* eat healthy long-term, lose weight for good, have the high energy you crave, and feel like a million bucks!

Hit “subscribe” to make the most important investment you’ll ever make: The Health Investment! [New episode premieres every Monday.]

PS—Outside of hosting this podcast, Brooke works with clients through both a VIP coaching program and monthly membership. If you’re ready to lose 5-50 pounds for the LAST time, visit thehealthinvestment.com to learn more about both...

The Health Investment Podcast with Brooke Simonson Brooke Simonson

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 58 Ratings

Health is the *ultimate* wealth—but when it comes to topics like nutrition, weight loss, exercise, sleep, and stress management, there’s A LOT of conflicting information out there. What ACTUALLY works? What’s just a waste of time? And why does it feel like you need a master’s degree to figure it out?!

If you’re ready to look & feel your best WITHOUT any confusion, frustration, or stress…you’re in the right place!

Each week, host + nutrition coach Brooke Simonson interviews experts and shares no-nonsense, research-backed tips so that you can *finally* eat healthy long-term, lose weight for good, have the high energy you crave, and feel like a million bucks!

Hit “subscribe” to make the most important investment you’ll ever make: The Health Investment! [New episode premieres every Monday.]

PS—Outside of hosting this podcast, Brooke works with clients through both a VIP coaching program and monthly membership. If you’re ready to lose 5-50 pounds for the LAST time, visit thehealthinvestment.com to learn more about both...

    Breaking Up With Ben & Jerry: How To STOP Emotional Eating | Tricia Nelson

    Breaking Up With Ben & Jerry: How To STOP Emotional Eating | Tricia Nelson

    EPISODE 118 - Tricia Nelson lost fifty pounds by identifying and healing the underlying causes of her emotional eating. She's spent over thirty years researching the hidden causes of the addictive personality. Tricia is an Emotional Eating Expert and author of the #1 bestselling book, Heal Your Hunger: 7 Simple Steps to End Emotional Eating Now. She also certifies health coaches so they can get better results, referrals and revenue by helping their clients overcome emotional eating. Tricia is the host of the popular podcast, The Heal Your Hunger Show. She's a well respected speaker and has been featured on numerous media outlets, such as NBC, CBS, KTLA, FOX and Discovery Health. In the episode, Tricia explains how to tell the difference between emotional eating and food addiction, why diets don’t work, how to use her “PEP test” to stop emotional eating ...and more!

    EPISODE WEBPAGE: thehealthinvestment.com/118

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    QUESTIONS I ASK TRICIA IN THE EPISODE:



    Can you tell us a bit about your background? (Specifically, what is your journey with emotional eating and how did it lead you to start Heal Your Hunger?)

    What's the difference between an emotional eater and a food addict? How does someone know which one they are?

    Is there more to emotional eating than just eating too much for emotional reasons?

    How can someone differentiate between emotional hunger and physical hunger?

    Why do people keep going back to diets when, on a deeper intellectual level, they probably know they're not working for them?

    Why are “comfort foods” so comforting?

    You speak of 3 hidden causes of emotional eating. What are they, and what can we do about them?

    I know you also believe there's one weight loss mistake you should never make. What is that?? 

    What's the PEP test, and how is it related to food addiction?

    I know stress eating is a biggie for a lot of people. How can we manage our stress before it drives us to the pantry? 



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    Meet Tricia here: https://vimeo.com/617410685

    Visit Tricia's website and follow her on Instagram

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    Click here to lose 5-50 pounds for the LAST time so you can start showing up as the trimmest, healthiest, most confident, most energized version of yourself!

    Follow The Health Investment Podcast on Instagram

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    Email Brooke: brooke@thehealthinvestment.com

    Shout out to Christian Juarez for the theme music! (Click here to visit his Soundcloud!!)

    • 46 min
    COVID Vaccines For Kids, Omicron, Debunking Myths & More! | Dr. Paul Offit

    COVID Vaccines For Kids, Omicron, Debunking Myths & More! | Dr. Paul Offit

    EPISODE 117 - Welcome to this special *BONUS* episode! Since the content of this ep is so timely, I wanted to release it stat!! Paul Offit, MD, is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published more than 160 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety, and he’s authored 10 books. Dr. Offit is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC in 2006 and by the WHO in 2013. In the episode, he shares why everyone who is eligible (kids included!) should get vaccinated ASAP, why the vaccine doesn’t impact fertility or alter your DNA, why “booster mania” may be stalling herd immunity...and more!

    EPISODE WEBPAGE: thehealthinvestment.com/117

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    QUESTIONS I ASK DR. OFFIT IN THE EPISODE:



    Can you tell us a bit about your background? (Specifically, what led you to become a pediatrician and become particularly interested in vaccines and infectious diseases?)

    I've seen and read some hesitation from parents to get their kids vaccinated against COVID because "most children have mild symptoms or no symptoms." Why is it important to vaccinate children, not just adults?

    What risks are parents mostly worried about when it comes to vaccinating their kids? Are possible risks from the vaccine worse than risks from getting COVID?

    What are the top myths that you're hearing from parents, particularly in regard to vaccinating their kids, and how are you addressing those?

    What would you identify as the main reason people have doubts about vaccines in general?

    How are risks (from contracting COVID and getting vaccinated) similar and different for adults as they are for kids?

    Has there always been some level of controversy around vaccines? 

    Do you think the anti-vaccine movement is gaining momentum? Is social media making it worse? 

    What's your advice to parents who have kids that are still not yet eligible for a vaccine?

    Do you think that the COVID vaccine should join the list of immunizations that are mandated by schools?

    You've called the rush to get boosted "booster mania," and believe that it could be harmful to our overall efforts to reach unvaccinated kids and adults. Why is that?

    Where has the White House’s messaging missed the mark?

    Is there a magic number of vaccinations that we need to reach to finally move beyond this pandemic? If so, is that attainable in the coming months?



    LINKS [SOME MAY BE AFFILIATE LINKS; PLEASE READ MY DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO]:



    Get more of your COVID questions answered: https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/making-vaccines/prevent-covid

    “My Unbiased Thrive Market Review (AND A Shopping List!)” – save money on your first Thrive Market order by clicking here

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    • 42 min
    School Food: What's Changing, What's Challenging & What YOU Can Do | Elizabeth Edwards

    School Food: What's Changing, What's Challenging & What YOU Can Do | Elizabeth Edwards

    EPISODE 116 - Elizabeth Edwards is a graduate of Purdue University and a Registered Dietitian. She has worked in the food service industry for 17 years holding many different positions including grocery store stocker, restaurant line cook, server, hospital food prep & cook, and has been a K-12 Director of Food Service for the past 7 years. Elizabeth believes establishing healthy eating habits at a young age is vitally important to lay the foundation of health kids will take with them into adulthood. Her areas of focus are transforming school menus to include more locally grown foods, working in more scratch-made dishes, and moving toward a more sustainable cafeteria by reducing single use plastics & foam. In the episode, Elizabeth shares the current landscape of school nutrition, challenges she faces as a district menu planner, projects she’s currently working on that excite her...and more!

    EPISODE WEBPAGE: thehealthinvestment.com/116

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    QUESTIONS I ASK ELIZABETH IN THE EPISODE:



    Can you tell us a bit about your background? (Specifically, what led you to become a dietician and work to improve school food?)

    What are your thoughts on the current nutrition landscape in schools? What types of foods are typically served for breakfast, lunch, and snack?

    In terms of government oversight of school lunches, who's in charge? National? State? City?

    What’s the most encouraging thing going on in school nutrition these days? Is there any legislation that's particularly promising, re: "healthifying" school lunches?

    Where should other efforts be focused?

    What current work of yours are you excited about? Are there any success stories you’d like to share?

    In an ideal world, what are the reforms you’d like to see take place right now in schools across the country?

    What obstacles are standing in the way of change?

    How can RDs, other nutrition professionals, and parents make a difference in their local schools' nutrition?



    LINKS [SOME MAY BE AFFILIATE LINKS; PLEASE READ MY DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO]:



    Visit Elizabeth's website and follow her on Instagram

    “My Unbiased Thrive Market Review (AND A Shopping List!)” – save money on your first Thrive Market order by clicking here

    Click here to lose 5-50 pounds for the LAST time so you can start showing up as the trimmest, healthiest, most confident, most energized version of yourself!

    Follow The Health Investment Podcast on Instagram

    Follow host Brooke Simonson on Instagram

    Email Brooke: brooke@thehealthinvestment.com

    Shout out to Christian Juarez for the theme music! (Click here to visit his Soundcloud!!)

    • 45 min
    How Parents Can Help Their Kids Maintain A Healthy Weight | Dr. Wendy Schofer

    How Parents Can Help Their Kids Maintain A Healthy Weight | Dr. Wendy Schofer

    EPISODE 115 - Dr. Wendy Schofer is a certified life & health coach and pediatrician who specializes in helping parents struggling with their kids' weight & obesity. Unlike medical weight loss programs, she doesn't focus on what's wrong with the child or try to fix their weight with diets, exercise, pills, and surgery. Instead, she empowers the parent to focus on what matters most to lead the whole family to lifelong healthy habits. In the episode, Wendy shares why it’s important to place less emphasis on an individual child's weight and more emphasis on creating a healthy whole family, the role of a parent when it comes to preparing and serving food, how parents can model healthy eating behaviors for their children...and more!

    EPISODE WEBPAGE: thehealthinvestment.com/115

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    QUESTIONS I ASK WENDY IN THE EPISODE:



    Can you tell us a bit about your background? (Specifically, what led you to become a pediatrician and become interested in helping parents worried about their overweight kids?)

    On your website, you write, "Even as a pediatrician, I still had worries about my family's weight and health. Controlling food and activity just created friction with my kids - and I thought I was failing them. Through coaching, that changed because I changed. The Family in Focus approach was born from my own powerful transformation." Can you elaborate on this?

    Why is it important to place less emphasis on an individual child's weight and more emphasis on creating a healthy whole family?

    How can families teach their children about the importance of eating healthy?

    How can a parent help their child reach a healthy weight when they have their own struggles with weight?

    How can parents encourage healthy body images for children? What's the best way to encourage a healthy body weight while fostering a healthy self-image?

    What questions should parents be asking their pediatricians about their child's weight?



    LINKS [SOME MAY BE AFFILIATE LINKS; PLEASE READ MY DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO]:



    Visit Wendy's website

    “My Unbiased Thrive Market Review (AND A Shopping List!)” – save money on your first Thrive Market order by clicking here

    Click here to lose 5-50 pounds for the LAST time so you can start showing up as the trimmest, healthiest, most confident, most energized version of yourself!

    Follow The Health Investment Podcast on Instagram

    Follow host Brooke Simonson on Instagram

    Email Brooke: brooke@thehealthinvestment.com

    Shout out to Christian Juarez for the theme music! (Click here to visit his Soundcloud!!)

    • 55 min
    30-Minute Workouts + Quick, Easy Meals For Busy Parents | BE WISE Fitness

    30-Minute Workouts + Quick, Easy Meals For Busy Parents | BE WISE Fitness

    EPISODE 114 | Brandon & Emily Wiseman are the owners of BE WISE Fitness. Simply put, they’re obsessed with helping busy moms and dads—like themselves!—get fit and reclaim their confidence, all without sacrificing family time. They call that a win, win, win! Brandon & Emily believe that fitness is about more than the time spent in the gym. It’s about setting a good example for your kids through healthy habits. And, it’s about looking and feeling like your best self, while still juggling family, work, and a social life! In the episode, they share how you can get awesome results from just 30 minutes of effort, common nutrition mistakes their clients make before working with them, why eating healthy actually isn’t too expensive...and more! Enjoy!!

    EPISODE WEBPAGE: thehealthinvestment.com/114

    P.S. – If you’re liking The Health Investment Podcast, be sure to hit “subscribe/follow” so that you never miss an episode 🙂

    QUESTIONS I ASK BRANDON & EMILY IN THE EPISODE:



    Can you tell us a bit about your background? (Specifically, what made you want to start BE WISE Fitness together?)

    Why did you choose to help parents, specifically?

    How is getting healthy/fit as a parent different from getting healthy/fit as a non-parent?

    What mistakes are most of your clients making before working with you, re: fitness? Nutrition? Mindset? Other (like in terms of sleep or stress)?

    Why do you put such an emphasis on strength training (vs. cardio)?

    "Eating healthy is too expensive." Thoughts?

    "I lack the motivation and willpower to stick with healthy habits long-term." Thoughts?

    What are the biggest determinants of long-term success when it comes to sustaining a healthy lifestyle?



    LINKS [SOME MAY BE AFFILIATE LINKS; PLEASE READ MY DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO]:



    Visit the BE Wise website and follow Brandon & Emily on Instagram

    “My Unbiased Thrive Market Review (AND A Shopping List!)” – save money on your first Thrive Market order by clicking here

    Click here to lose 5-50 pounds for the LAST time so you can start showing up as the trimmest, healthiest, most confident, most energized version of yourself!

    Follow The Health Investment Podcast on Instagram

    Follow host Brooke Simonson on Instagram

    Email Brooke: brooke@thehealthinvestment.com

    Shout out to Christian Juarez for the theme music! (Click here to visit his Soundcloud!!)

    • 50 min
    Use Cooking As A Tool To "Fill Yourself Up," Both Literally & Metaphorically | Candice Davies

    Use Cooking As A Tool To "Fill Yourself Up," Both Literally & Metaphorically | Candice Davies

    EPISODE 113 | Candice Davies is a former psychotherapist who worked extensively in the field of addiction and eating disorders for over a decade. She has always been intrigued by the ways in which the mind and body are (or aren't) connected, and the various forms in which this communication can be enhanced or severed. Her belief that the ways in which people nourish and feed themselves exists in several manners, has resulted in her always being interested in the ways in which people "fill themselves up" both literally and metaphorically. She currently runs online cooking courses (and a membership) that help people gain confidence in the kitchen, and she constantly encourages her clients to embrace finding pleasure in what they eat! In the episode, she shares why it’s absolutely critical for your mind and body to feel connected, her reasons for starting a cooking membership, how to make tasty meals in just minutes...and more!

    EPISODE WEBPAGE: thehealthinvestment.com/113

    P.S. – If you’re liking The Health Investment Podcast, be sure to hit “subscribe/follow” so that you never miss an episode 🙂

    QUESTIONS I ASK CANDICE IN THE EPISODE:



    Can you tell us a bit about your background? (Specifically, what made you want to become a psychotherapist and specialize in addiction and eating disorders?)

    I know you became "intrigued about the disconnect between mind and body" in the eating disorder patients you saw. Can you explain more about this?

    Do most people have a mild disconnect between mind and body, or does that only happen in more severe cases (like eating disorders)?

    How can we become more deeply connected to our mind and body?

    What led you to start a cooking membership?

    Why must we learn to cook/prepare food for ourselves?

    On your website, you say, "My favourite kind of meal to prepare is one that tastes like it took hours to cook, but actually didn't." Tell us more about this! What tips do you have to make cooking easier and more enjoyable without sacrificing the quality of food?

    How do you balance meal prep with family demands?

    What advice would you give a complete beginner just starting to cook for themselves?



    LINKS [SOME MAY BE AFFILIATE LINKS; PLEASE READ MY DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO]:



    Visit Candice's website and follow her on Instagram and Facebook

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    Click here to lose 5-50 pounds for the LAST time so you can start showing up as the trimmest, healthiest, most confident, most energized version of yourself!

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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58 Ratings

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One of the best

Brooke is very knowledgeable on her subject. I enjoy the variety of guests and topics discussed on the show. Nutrition and diet has always been hard for me and her practical approach is encouraging and motivating.

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How I found you

Dr Annie Fenn (Brain Health Kitchen? recommended you and my daughter and I both signed up. I appreciate your very reasonable approach and although I’m only on week one I am impressed with all the support you offer - so far making tiny changes and setting goals feels doable! Thank you.

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Great Pod

I recently found you through Anna Vocino’s insta stories. I love pods like these, showing how simple it is to eat healthy... the real healthy way

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