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How do we inject more health, humor and fun into our daily lives, even when things get messy? That’s the question driving award-winning journalist and podcaster Shelby Stanger as she interviews health, science and wellness experts as well as entrepreneurs, authors, artists and comedians. From breath work and diet, to brain training, physical outdoor challenges, and increasing our humor muscles, Shelby tests out her guest’s prescriptions, offering how a little Vitamin Joy is more of the medicine we all need everyday.

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Vitamin Joy with Shelby Stanger Shelby Stanger

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    • 5.0 • 46 Ratings

How do we inject more health, humor and fun into our daily lives, even when things get messy? That’s the question driving award-winning journalist and podcaster Shelby Stanger as she interviews health, science and wellness experts as well as entrepreneurs, authors, artists and comedians. From breath work and diet, to brain training, physical outdoor challenges, and increasing our humor muscles, Shelby tests out her guest’s prescriptions, offering how a little Vitamin Joy is more of the medicine we all need everyday.

https://shelbystanger.com

    Depresh Mode: Comedy and Mental Health with John Moe

    Depresh Mode: Comedy and Mental Health with John Moe

    Today’s guest, John Moe, is the host and creator of the podcast Depresh Mode. Before that, he hosted the award-winning hit podcast The Hilarious World of Depression, and he recently wrote and published a book by the same name. John has written for publications like The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney's, and The Seattle Times among others. He’s written plays that have been performed on three continents, and his radio work has appeared on a variety of national networks.

    John is no stranger to something I’ve wanted to explore all along with Vitamin Joy -- mental health and humor. On his podcast Depresh Mode, John interviews comedians, musicians, and creatives about mental health – with no stigma, no shame, lots of laughs.  He’s also candid about his own experience with depression.

    In this episode, we talk about comedy, mental health, what works and doesn’t, his podcast, having dogs, and so much more. John was a joy to interview and left me with a lot of hope. Enjoy!

    Sponsor:

    FX Chocolate – Amazing supplements inside sugar-free, keto-friendly dark chocolate squares. Use the promo-code ‘VitaminJoy’ at checkout to get 20% off your first order at https://fxchocolate.com/

    Resources From the Episode:

    John’s Book: The Hilarious World of Depression - https://amzn.to/35mXaNy

    Jon Kabat Zinn on mindfulness based stress reduction

    Connect with John:

    Website: johnmoe.website

    Podcast: Depresh Mode

    Twitter: @johnmoe

    • 41 min
    The Joy of Healing Your Self with Nicole LePera

    The Joy of Healing Your Self with Nicole LePera

    Dr. Nicole LePera is a holistic psychologist. She received traditional training in clinical psychology at Cornell University and The New School of Social Research, and she started the Instagram account @the.holistic.psychologist, which has become wildly popular. On it, she shares her tools for transformation with an ever-growing community of #SelfHealers. Most recently, she is the author of a book called How to Do The Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from your Past and Create Your Self. It’s a great book -- I learned so much from it, and I think there is so much joy that comes from healing ourselves.

    In today’s episode, Nicole and I talk about all of it -- dealing with trauma (big T and little t), how to heal ourselves using all sorts of easy tools (jump to 24:35 for a conversation about singing, gargling, and the vagus nerve), setting boundaries, and Nicole’s Vitamin Joy challenge for us all. This is a powerful show. I hope you take a lot from it. I did. Enjoy!

    Sponsors:

    FX Chocolate – Amazing supplements inside sugar-free, keto-friendly dark chocolate squares. Use the promo-code ‘VitaminJoy’ at checkout to get 20% off your first order at https://fxchocolate.com/

    Resources from this Episode:

    How to Do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, and Create Your Self - https://amzn.to/3yGSG1N

    Harvard Psychologist Ellen Langer’s study on age and mindset (New York Times Magazine)

    Connect with Nicole:

    Website - theholisticpsychologist.com

    Instagram - @the.holistic.psychologist

    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtEWTaMjqOH8J1Gy06Ey0Yg

    • 52 min
    The Joy of Writing with Adam Skolnick

    The Joy of Writing with Adam Skolnick

    I love interviewing authors and journalists, especially ones who cover things like freediving and rock climbing. These are my people! This is why I was so excited to chat with Adam Skolnick.

    Adam is an award-winning independent journalist and author who covers adventure sports, environmental issues, travel and human rights for publications like The New York Times, Outside, Playboy and Lonely Planet. He is the author of One Breath: Freediving, Death and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits, and the ghost-writer and narrator of David Goggins’ smash hit memoir and audiobook Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds. He is also a co-host on the Rich Roll Podcast.

    In this episode, Adam and I talk about his writing process and how writing brings him joy. We also get into his journey to make a living as a writer, including the story of ghost-writing and independently publishing one of the best selling books ever. If you’re curious about writing, if you want to make a living doing what you love, or if you like to challenge yourself David Goggins-style -- this one's for you. Enjoy!

    Sponsors:

    FX Chocolate – Amazing supplements inside sugar-free, keto-friendly dark chocolate squares. Use the promo-code ‘VitaminJoy’ at checkout to get 20% off your first order at https://fxchocolate.com/

    Resources from this Episode:

    Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins - https://amzn.to/3tGmTdL

    One Breath: Freediving, Death and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits by Adam Skolnick - https://amzn.to/3eDMxLM

    Roll On podcast

    Connect with Adam:

    Website - adamskolnick.com

    Twitter - @adamskolnick

    Instagram - @adamskolnick

    • 42 min
    The Joy of Radical Self-Love with Lori Harder

    The Joy of Radical Self-Love with Lori Harder

    Lori Harder is a force of nature. The fitness model, author and entrepreneur has had a wild story. She is all about self-love, setting strong boundaries and leaning into your energy to create the life you want.

    In this episode, we get into all of it: Lori’s background and how she went from overweight kid to fitness model, entrepreneurship and boundaries, and how to add in more self-love with your body, your mind and your work. We even talk about going to the Vans Warped Tour. At the end, she offers one of my favorite Vitamin Joy challenges. Enjoy!



    Sponsors:

    Lazy Acres Natural Market -- www.lazyacres.com for the best local natural grocery store with five locations in Southern California.

    FX Chocolate – Amazing supplements inside sugar-free, keto-friendly dark chocolate squares. Use the promo-code ‘VitaminJoy’ at checkout to get 20% off your first order at https://fxchocolate.com/

    Resources from this Episode:

    Lori’s Book: A Tribe Called Bliss - https://amzn.to/3rEuzfT

    Rob Dyrdek

    Caroline Myss

    Shawn Stevenson

    Jim Rohn

    Connect with Lori:

    Website - loriharder.com

    Instagram - @loriharder

    Podcast - Earn Your Happy

    Lite Pink Rose Seltzer - litepink.com

    • 42 min
    The Joy of Getting Offline with Chris Colin

    The Joy of Getting Offline with Chris Colin

    Chris Colin is a writer and author whose work has appeared in Best American Science & Nature Writing, the New York Times Magazine, Pop-Up Magazine, Wired, NewYorker.com, and Outside Magazine. In 2014, he co-wrote a book called What to Talk About, and in 2020, he started publishing Six Feet of Separation, the nation’s first pandemic newspaper by and for kids. Chris just published a new book, Off: The Day the Internet Died: A Bedtime Fantasy. It’s a kid’s book for adults -- beautifully illustrated, quirky, fantastical -- and it makes readers wonder: how would we all survive and deal with ourselves without the internet?

    In this episode, we talk about the joy of writing a kid’s book for adults, how joyful it is to go offline, how you can do it without going cold turkey, and the benefits of an analog world. Just like Chris’s book, this episode is short and sweet. Enjoy!

    Sponsors:

    Lazy Acres Natural Market -- www.lazyacres.com for the best local natural grocery store with five locations in Southern California.

    FX Chocolate – Amazing supplements inside sugar-free, keto-friendly dark chocolate squares. Use the promo-code ‘VitaminJoy’ at checkout to get 20% off your first order at https://fxchocolate.com/

    Resources from this Episode:

    Off: The Day the Internet Died: A Bedtime Fantasy - https://amzn.to/3sAgiRF

    Six Feet of Separation - sixfeetofnews.com

    Rinee Shah (illustrator) - rineeshah.com

    Connect with Chris:

    Website - chriscolin.com

    • 29 min
    The Joy of Healing Trauma and Awakening Our Wild Self with Kimberly Ann Johnson

    The Joy of Healing Trauma and Awakening Our Wild Self with Kimberly Ann Johnson

    Kimberly Ann Johnson is a Somatic Experiencing™ practitioner, author, breath coach, entrepreneur, and educator. Her first book, The Fourth Trimester: Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions and Restoring Your Vitality, is about what happens after women give birth. It was a global success and has been published in seven languages.  Kimberly just released a brand new book called Call of The Wild: How We Heal Trauma, Awaken our Body and Use it for Good. It’s packed with science and information about our nervous systems, how we can heal, and how to reclaim our own natural power after experiencing trauma. Kimberly is big on helping us heal our nervous systems so we can have more Vitamin Joy.

    Today’s show talks about actionable things we can do to heal ourselves -- things that are accessible, like breathwork, cold immersion, orienteering, and making a blue sandwich. (You’ll have to listen to find out what that is.) It’s a great episode, and one I think you’ll enjoy.

    Sponsors:

    Vuoriclothing.com/Shelby - for our listeners they are offering 20% off your first purchase, plus free shipping on any U.S. orders over $75 and free returns. Buy a pair of the joggers. You won’t go wrong.

    Lazy Acres Natural Market - www.lazyacres.com for the best local natural grocery store with five locations in Southern California.



    Resources from this Episode:

    Call of The Wild: How We Heal Trauma, Awaken our Body and Use it for Good  - https://amzn.to/3my4Mon

    Wim Hof



    Connect with Kimberly:

    Website - kimberlyannjohnson.com

    Instagram - @kimberly.ann.johnson

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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46 Ratings

DebWagers ,

Shelby is my vitamin joy! 😂

Been listening to Shelby’s podcasts since the beginning. Wild Ideas moved me to bravery to quit corporate america to pursue other things. Flash forward to Vitamin Joy and back in corporate. This podcast is my Saturday morning feel good while I walk the dog. It’s my special time, my self care time. I’ve learned how to take better care if myself, find balance and learn expert tips from her amazing guests. They are interesting, full of knowledge and FUN. I’ve read the books, tried the things, bought the stuff, thrown out and given up other stuff. And I feel great! Forget an apple a day to keep the doctor away, just have a dose of Vitamin Joy!

Nikki McMillan ,

Breath of Fresh Air Podcast & Host!!

Shelby, I absolutely love your podcast and YOU the most! You’re so real, truly authentic, and ask the simplest questions to your guests, but the kind that I’m assuming your listeners are always thinking, at least myself. You’re the BEST!!! Thank you for starting your podcast career!

JustinOWill1 ,

Shelby has helped me find new ways to discover who I am.

I first found another of Shelby’s podcasts while at a job that had me traveling 80% of the time, and sitting in claustrophobic conference rooms while away from home. That podcast gave me the initial push to start getting outside and exploring, even while exhausted. With the release of Vitamin Joy, that push has continued and has seen the development of many new lifestyle decisions. I’ve been able to commit to a complete diet overhaul, I have taken up running again (halfway through training for my first marathon, and these changes have me finding more joy in my everyday life. Give it a listen - there are great stories and great information presented. If something doesn’t click for you, you’re welcome to just leave it as you found it, but you might just find a spark that could have sweeping impacts for the better.

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