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This or Something Better is a podcast dedicated to the stories of innovators and positive changemakers committed to making the world better. Each week you will hear from founders and CEOs, Olympic athletes, health and wellness professionals, authors, motivational speakers and those whose passion and work is dedicated to Something Better. Guests will provide listeners with insights, advice and inspiration on how to bring positive change to your own life, work and world.

This or Something Better is a life mantra of the host, Regan Nelson. Regan is a lifelong learner and self-development junkie, an outdoor enthusiast and an advocate for Better Beauty. Regan lives in Sun Valley, Idaho with her husband and daughter. Follow her adventures on Instagram @this.orsomethingbetter or connect with her on Facebook at The This or Something Better Podcast.

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This or Something Better is a podcast dedicated to the stories of innovators and positive changemakers committed to making the world better. Each week you will hear from founders and CEOs, Olympic athletes, health and wellness professionals, authors, motivational speakers and those whose passion and work is dedicated to Something Better. Guests will provide listeners with insights, advice and inspiration on how to bring positive change to your own life, work and world.

This or Something Better is a life mantra of the host, Regan Nelson. Regan is a lifelong learner and self-development junkie, an outdoor enthusiast and an advocate for Better Beauty. Regan lives in Sun Valley, Idaho with her husband and daughter. Follow her adventures on Instagram @this.orsomethingbetter or connect with her on Facebook at The This or Something Better Podcast.

    EP 19: Adventure and Authenticity with Alex Borsuk

    EP 19: Adventure and Authenticity with Alex Borsuk

    Today’s guest is Alex Borsuk.  By weekday, Alex is a sports nutritionist, but by early morning, after work and weekend, Alex is a mountain athlete, a holder of many FKTs (that means fastest known times), and an adventure junkie. Alex is a role model for anyone, especially girls looking to set goals and push themselves to achieve them.     
    Today Alex is sharing about her journey from Ohio to the Pacficic Northwest where she found her love and passion for spending long days in the mountains. We’re talking about what motivates her to take on big challenges such as the Mt. Rainier Infinity Loop and running the Via Alpina across Switzerland. There might even be a story about being tracked by a cougar. Alex and I are also talking about how she handles the positives and negatives of a large social media following and how despite the pressures around her, how she stays true to herself and keeps doing the things that make her happy. 
    This episode is interesting, inspiring and one for listeners of all ages. 
    Episode Highlights
    Alex’s intro to the outdoors Finding peace and presence in the outdoors Managing risk in the mountains Being a role model on social media Running across Switzerland, The Via Alpina The 93 mile Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier The Mt. Rainier Infinity Loop How Alex recovers Alex’s adventure bucket list   
    About Alex Borsuk
    Alex was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition. She then attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she completed her dietetic internship and earned her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition. 
    After graduation, she followed her dream of moving "West" and accepted a job in Bellingham, Washington as the corporate dietitian for a local supermarket chain. It was in Bellingham where she fell in love with the North Cascades and all they had to offer - skiing, climbing, trail running, and fastpacking. A year later, she and her husband Matt moved to Portland, Oregon, where Alex currently works for Evolution Healthcare and Fitness as their dietitian, specializing in sports nutrition. She offers nutrition consultation to local endurance athletes to help them improve their performance and reach their goals.
    When Alex isn't in the office, she spends her time playing in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest with her husband. You can find her training for an ultramarathon, climbing ice on volcano headwalls, skiing down couloirs, or rock climbing on some of the North Cascade's finest granite. Her and Matt are passionate "Weekend Warriors," who feel strongly about balancing work with play, and utilizing their limited free time (before work, after work, Saturday, and Sunday) to chase their mountain dreams.



    Connect With Alex
    Website www.alexborsuk.com 
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/alexborsuk/
    Nutrition Consulting with Alex https://www.alexborsuk.com/nutrition-services
     
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    • 46 min
    EP 18: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar with Dr. Michael Goran of Sugarproof

    EP 18: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar with Dr. Michael Goran of Sugarproof

    In this Episode I am talking with Dr. Michael Goran, co-author of Sugarproof. Michael is a Professor of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He is Program Director for Diabetes and Obesity at The Saban Research Institute and he holds the Dr Robert C and Veronica Atkins Endowed Chair in Childhood Obesity and Diabetes. Dr Goran also serves as Co-Director of the USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute.
    In his book Sugarproof, Dr. Goran and his co-author Dr. Emily Ventura, bust myths about the various types of sugars and sweeteners, they help families identify sneaky sources of sugar in their diets, and suggest realistic, family-based solutions to reduce sugar consumption and therefore protect kids. 
    Sugar impacts our children’s growth and development, mentally, physically and academically and the information Dr. Goran is sharing in this episode is incredibly important. You will walk away from this conversation with a realistic and straightforward approach to reducing your family’s sugar intake and to empowering your children to set their own healthy limits without feeling restricted. 
    Episode Highlights
    Michael’s personal and professional background The incidence of obesity and disease in children What led to the writing of his book Sugarproof The impact of sugar  in utero and in babies Added sugar recommendations for babies and children The sugar roller coaster that begins at breakfast  Glucose vs fructose and the impact of fructose on children The impact of sugar on a child’s health How to reduce your family’s sugar intake The impact of artificial sweeteners on health Honey, Agave, Maple Syrup and other natural sweeteners Gradual reductions go a long way   
    About Dr. Michael Goran
    Michael is a Professor of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, which is affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is Program Director for Diabetes and Obesity at The Saban Research Institute and he holds the Dr Robert C and Veronica Atkins Endowed Chair in Childhood Obesity and Diabetes. Dr Goran also serves as Co-Director of the USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. Dr Goran is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, UK (1986) prior to postdoctoral training in the US (1987 to 1991). He previously served on the faculty of Medicine at the University of Vermont (1991 to 1994), the Department of Nutrition Sciences at UAB (1994 to 1999), the Department of Preventive Medicine at USC (1999 to 2018) prior to joining Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles.
    His research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and other Foundations for the past 30 years during which he has raised almost $50m in funding to support this work. He has published over 350 professional peer-reviewed articles and reviews. He is the Editor of the “Childhood Obesity: Causes, Consequences and Intervention Approaches” published in 2017, co-editor of “Dietary Sugars and Health”published in late 2014, and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Pediatric Obesity. He has been the recipient of a number of scientific awards for his research and teaching, including: The Nutrition Society Medal for Research (1996), The Lilly Award for Scientific Achievement from The Obesity Society (2006), The Bar-Or Award for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity Research, from The Obesity Society (2009), the TOPS award for contributions to obesity research from The Obesity Society (2014), and the Rank Prize Lecture in Nutrition (2018).
    Michael lives in Silverlake, Los Angeles with his wife Lori, a film editor, his 2 teenage daughters, and their cat, Hugo Moon. Outside of work, Michael likes to play tennis, and hang out with his family which typically involves cooking, eating, going on walks and travel.
     
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    EP 17: Creating pesticide free communities with Non-Toxic Neighborhoods

    EP 17: Creating pesticide free communities with Non-Toxic Neighborhoods

    Today’s guests are Kim Konte and Dr. Andrea Schrock. Kim founded Non-toxic neighborhoods when she realized her son’s baseball fields were covered in glyphosate and 2-4 D, two pesticides known to cause cancer and other diseases. Thanks to her vision and commitment,  to date, Non-Toxic Neighborhoods has partnered with over 200 cities, counties, school districts and universities across the US and in Australia, NZ and Malta to build awareness, create training and to implement organic and regenerative land management practices and policies.
    Andrea is a chiropractor in Louisville, CO where she successfully partnered with their mayor to ban harmful pesticides on public recreation, playgrounds, and open spaces. She now serves as the community director for Non-toxic neighborhoods and is helping to spread the mission of this amazing organization.  
    Today we’re talking about the impact of glyphosate and other pesticides on health, about where our families are exposed to these chemicals and how we can take action to eliminate them from our communities. My hope is that everyone who listens will walk away wanting to take action in your own community. 
     
    Episode Highlights
    Kim’s journey to banning pesticides in her own community Going against the distributor narrative  Healthy, immunity and the impact of pesticides  Dr. Andrea Schrock’s journey to banning pesticides in her community  Step 1: requesting a pesticide report What does an EPA Registration mean Greenwashing The Non-toxic Neighborhoods Preferred Products List The challenges to making change Starting the conversation in your community  
    Resources Mentioned
    ZACH BUSH, M.D. ON GMO’S, GLYPHOSATE & HEALING THE GUT- Episode 353 Rich Roll Podcast
     
    Zach Bush, MD On The Science & Spirituality of Human And Planetary Transformation- Episode 414 Rich Roll Podcast 



    About Kim Konte
    Kim Konte is the founder of Non-Toxic Neighborhoods. After Kim launched a campaign to raise awareness of the City of Irvine’s pesticide use in late November 2015, the City of Irvine adopted an historic organically driven landscaping policy in February 2016. Since then the City of Irvine has successfully and organically maintained all pest pressure from weeds to rodents, on more than 570 acres of community and neighborhood parks, athletic fields; over 6,000 acres of open space, over 800 acres of public right-of-way, including street medians and parkways; 70,000 trees; and nearly 1.5 million square feet of facilities. In 2018 Kim worked with the City of Irvine to utilize goats in their open space for effective and adorable fire mitigation and weed control. Thankfully the City of Irvine was the first of now many municipalities that Non-Toxic Neighborhoods have worked with and trained to successfully and their use of glyphosate and shift how they control pest pressure in the landscape. These municipalities have demonstrated that you can have beautiful parks, athletic fields, and open space that meet community expectations, without the use of harmful and synthetic pesticides. 
     
    About Dr. Andrea Schrock
    Corporate ladder climber turned chiropractor, Dr. Andrea Schrock is on a mission to share truth and transparency in health and healing with the world after a powerful healing experience changed her life forever. She has a passion for helping people process emotional stress and see them rise to their full potential through the healing process. Together with her husband, she owns Life Alive Chiropractic in Louisville, CO, where they serve clients through various phases in life, including preconception and pregnancy, infancy, adolescence, and adulthood. The mission of Life Alive Chiropractic is in the name: to help people live life fully alive. Dr. Andrea led the city of Louisville to ban glyphosate and 2,4-D in 2020 and serves as the Community Director with Non-Toxic Neighborh

    • 54 min
    EP 16: Know Better, Do Better with Regan Nelson

    EP 16: Know Better, Do Better with Regan Nelson

    In this episode, I am talking about the importance of using your voice for change, and how I am using my voice to make a positive impact through my work with Beautycounter. 
     
    Episode Highlights
    How you put knowledge into action Taking a closer look into your products and their ingredients Why eliminating fragrance is the one thing you should do Statistics on the number of products and ingredients we use every day You can be a part of the change Text BETTERBEAUTY to 52886 to help urge Congress to pass more health-protective legislation over the personal care industry Add your voice to Beautycounter’s movement for change  
    Resources Mentioned
    EWG Skin Deep Database
    The Beautycounter Never List
    Enroll as a Beautycounter educator 
     
    About Regan Nelson
    Regan is a lifelong learner, self-development junkie, an outdoor enthusiast and is constantly thinking about and planning for the “something better”. She is an exercise physiologist by schooling (undergrad and graduate school) and currently works as a consumer insights and innovation consultant. She is a passionate educator for more health protective legislation over the personal care industry through her work with Beautycounter. Regan lives in Sun Valley, Idaho with her husband and daughter where you can find her fly fishing, roller skiing and peak bagging in the summer and XC, downhill and backcountry skiing in the winter. 
     
    Connect with Regan
    Email  this.orsomethingbetterpodcast@gmail.com Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/regan-nelson-4539646/  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thisorsomethingbetterpodcast/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/this.orsomethingbetter  
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    • 9 min
    Restoring Kindness and Civility With Shola Richards

    Restoring Kindness and Civility With Shola Richards

    Today I am talking with Shola Richards. Shola is a best selling author of Go Together and Making Work Work, he is a corporate trainer, civility expert, and speaker whose life’s mission is an ambitious one: To end generations of suffering, simply by changing how we treat each other at work, at home and beyond. 
    Shola is a father, husband, identical twin, and a self-proclaimed “kindness extremist”. 
    Shola and I are talking about the lack of civility in our world, especially in the workplace. We’re talking about how to become more aware of how you treat people, and we’re talking about the need to restore kindness and civility into our everyday lives. 
     
    Episode Highlights
    Our shared love of This or Something Better Shola’s Goal to change the world and how we treat each other at work, home, and beyond Shola’s personal story  Remain in curiosity and stay out of judgment Don’t let your mood determine your manners The lack of kindness and civility in our world Leadership in the workplace and beyond The importance of self-awareness Three questions to ask yourself. Is it kind, is it true and is it necessary?   
    Resources Mentioned
    Positive Parenting Solutions https://www.positiveparentingsolutions.com
    Go Together (https://amzn.to/2BpDix8 )
    Making Work Work (http://amzn.to/1YYdh8U ) 
    https://www.ted.com/talks/shola_richards_ubuntu_the_one_word_to_change_how_you_work_live_and_lead
     
    About Shola Richards
    Shola Richards’ life’s mission is an ambitious one: To end generations of professional suffering, simply by changing how we treat each other at work. 
    Shola is an advocate, a one-man counsel, and a humanitarian hardwired for positivity, who (ironically) speaks, coaches, consults, and authors books on the shadowy, often underground, and underestimated subject of workplace bullying, a pernicious reality that, when overlooked, corrodes trust, distorts communication, and ultimately usurps equity from the bottom line by using up a company’s most valuable resource: its people. 
    His approach is to open eyes to the staggering price we pay for normalized, toxic behavior because we can’t address what we don’t see. His result is people equipped with tangible, doable solutions because we can’t accomplish what we can’t make actionable. His conviction is that everyone deserves a healthy work environment because the quality and meaning of our work suffers when we do.
    Through his books, Go Together (https://amzn.to/2BpDix8 ) and Making Work Work (http://amzn.to/1YYdh8U ) and featured articles that have reached readers in over 160 countries, and through his presentations with institutions that range from Silicon Valley businesses to the Department of Homeland Security, Shola is spearheading a timely revolution that teaches us how to protect the professionalism of our company cultures, the preciousness of our time, the strength of our talents, the dignity of ourselves, and the mutual respect of one another. 
     
    Connect With Shola Richards
    Email Shola@sholarichards.com 
    Shola’s website www.sholarichards.com 
    Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/sholarichards/
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SholaRichardsOfficial/ 
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sholarichards/
     
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    • 50 min
    Saving Animals with FETCH Eyewear and Ann Saks

    Saving Animals with FETCH Eyewear and Ann Saks

    Today’s episode is with Ann Saks from FETCH Eyewear. You may know Ann from her designer tile business with retail and wholesale operations globally. But today, we are talking about Ann’s newest business, Fetch Eyewear, and her passion to alleviate the suffering of animals. 
    FETCH eyewear was born from Ann’s desire to find affordable and stylish reading glasses.  Her journey into the eyewear business began when she lost an expensive pair of reading glasses just days after buying them. Finding very few options to replace them, Ann saw an opportunity, and true to her entrepreneurial spirit, she took it. 
    Early on in creating FETCH, Ann decided to endow a family foundation to benefit animal rescue and to use FETCH to create an ongoing source of revenue for that foundation. Fetch donates 100% of the net proceeds from your purchase to support animal welfare through rescue, veterinary care, low-cost spay and neuter, and education in partnership with The Pixie Project. 
    Today, Ann and I are talking about her many years of working as an entrepreneur, about her passion for animals, about how she is innovating at FETCH to continue the work of her foundation and about the importance of following your passion to make change. 
    Episode Highlights
    Ann’s Passion for Animals  How losing a pair of glasses was the beginning of FETCH eyewear Founding of the Pixie Project and FETCH Eyewear The circular relationship between people and pets What contributed to Ann’s professional success The evolution of FETCH  The impact of the forest fires on animals Work of The Pixie Project to help animals Resources you can use to rescue animals How to make an impact in your community  
    About Ann Saks
    Fetch founder Ann Sacks began the journey with the Fetch concept when she lost an expensive pair of reading glasses just days after buying them. Not one to be disappointed twice, she set out to find a better way. On this journey she decided that she could design glasses for optical use as well as suns, sun readers, and prescription suns and deliver them at a fair price while supporting animal rescue through The Pixie Project. 
     
    Connect With Fetch Eyewear and the Pixie Project
    FETCH Website https://fetcheyewear.com Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fetcheyewear/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fetcheyewear The Pixie Project  Website https://www.pixieproject.org Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thepixieproject/ Facebook https://www.pixieproject.org Resources Mentioned
    http://www.feralcats.com
    https://indigorescue.org
     
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    • 38 min

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44 Ratings

peddentfoster ,

Refreshing

Regan does an excellent job with this podcast. She asks good interview questions and makes sure to personalize each episode. This inspires you to either make a change in your life, or gives you tools to continue on your journey to change the world for the better.

Tracy BH ,

A fresh approach

This is a great podcast! I was honored to be an early guest and have been uplifted and inspired by everyone’s stories. And, do we ever need stories of hope these days. Looking forward to Season Two.
Thanks, Regan.

virginiALIdaho ,

✨Nourishing and Elevating!✨

Congratulations, Regan! Season 1 was sensational, a welcomed weekly diversion from news and social media. My Tuesday mornings always began with you! I appreciate you spotlighting positive changemakers and curating content that is meaningful, motivational, and useful, steeped in nuggets of wisdom. Thank you for sharing expert knowledge and creating this platform of awareness and goodness!

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