Simple Roots Radio

Jul 28 2020 40 mins 192

Simple Roots Radio is hosted by Alexa Schirm. A nutritionist by trade, Alexa has rebelled against common misconceptions about nutrition, and has, instead, created a realistic health-style that will allow you to live a healthy, satisfied and more simplistic life. Forget dieting for good as Alexa interviews health experts, lifestyle influencers and every day people on what strategies have worked for them and help you implement a plan that can be achieved for life. It’s raw, its funny, its real and unfiltered. It is Simple Roots Radio.

















#214: Personalize Your Hormones for Health
Apr 29 2020 59 mins  
How do you fix your hormones? It feels like a million-dollar answer that is looming out in the unknown. While it has felt impossible in the past, thanks to the new work being done on genetics, we have a new personalized view of how your hormones work and how to optimize them. What we know doesn't work is standardizing hormones. You can't put a number on it - making it extremely difficult to prescribe hormonal medication, because even on a day-to-day level your hormones are reacting in unique ways. But what if we could personalize hormones? What if you could figure out precisely what your body needs and provide that - could we then heal our hormones without just slapping a bandaid on them? Inside today's podcast, I speak with a leading geneticist in the field of hormones, Dr. Mansoor Mohammed. He is the founder of The DNA Company and is doing extensive work on understanding hormones, personally, on a genetic level. What I love most about Dr. Mansoor is his drive to take what we commonly look at as a vocabulary {genetic code} and instead works to understand the language. How does the vocabulary work together to make sense as a language? This changes the game. Inside today's podcast, I talk with Dr. Mansoor about: The difference between men and women's hormonal flow What women should know about "fixing" their hormones? If the birth control pill is helpful or hurtful. How we can predict menopause. And so much more. Make sure you listen to the podcast to learn how to personalize your hormones. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/214


#212: Five Free Ways To Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve
Apr 08 2020 52 mins  
Vagus nerve stimulation is something we should all be familiar with. It is the key to rest and relaxation. Inside this post, I teach you what your vagus nerve is, why it's important and 5 free ways to stimulate it. There's nothing that puts fire in my bones quite like understanding how the body works together as one unit. As much as we like to break our body down into specific units and parts to understand the intricate workings better - we can't argue that it's not how each system works separately but how it works as a whole unit. Even our emotions and thoughts are influencing the whole system and why I'm so passionate about bringing this area to light. Mostly because it doesn't seem to get the attention it deserves. To understand the system - from emotions to our hormones - we have to follow the workings of the central nervous system. Inside's today podcast, I talk with nervous system excerpt Dr. Katinka van der Merwe founder of The Spero Clinic. Dr. Katinka has done fantastic work in healing the central nervous system helping those who have no hope. She specifically works with patients with chronic pain syndrome, and the testimonials are amazing. If you suffer from chronic pain or other conditions, check out The Spero Clinic to learn more if it could help you. On today's podcast, I talk with Dr. Katinka about the central nervous system, how it controls our bodies functioning, how and where blockages occur, and how we can prevent nervous system problems in our lives. Inside the podcast, Dr. Katinka dives into vagus nerve stimulation and how this can impact the health of your body. So what is the vagus nerve? Let me explain and teach you at home-ways to stimulate the vagus nerve. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/212


#210: How To Use Stress To Your Advantage
Mar 25 2020 49 mins  
Stress isn't something I have to explain. It seems to be the way of life. But in our attempts to de-stress, I wonder are we actually getting more stressed? Hear me out. It seems we have more 'self-help' books and classes than ever before. Combine that with the trend of self-care and the desire to be healthier, I fear we're getting more overwhelmed with information than we are taking action because we're truly informed. I have more people than I can count tell me, "I do everything right, I eat well and exercise and yet I still gain weight." Do you relate? Or maybe you better relate to this statement, "There's so much information out there, I don't even know what to do." I think we're taking something intended for the good of ourselves, health and we're twisting it into the very thing stealing our health. Even more, we're ruining our lives by allowing our fixation on the outcome to deter us from fully living where we are. So my question that I want to answer today, what if what we thought was bad, is actually good and the good actually bad? Maybe better said, what if our fixation on health is causing more stress, taking something intended for good and making it bad? And what if a little bit of the right stress can actually be used for our good? Today on the podcast, I break down good stress vs. bad stress and how to use stress to your advantage - for health and life. Deep breathes - this could be the beginning of something new and beautiful. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/210







#204: Prolonged Fasting vs. Intermittent Fasting
Jan 29 2020 65 mins  
Fasting was one of the hottest wellness trends of the last few years - specifically, intermittent fasting. But fasting isn't something new, in fact, fasting has been around since the beginning of creation. It was a part of human history. However, since the industrial revolution and the birth of the food industry, fasting has fallen by the way-side. It has only been in the last few years that science has started really digging into the health benefits of fasting that we have started seeing trends back toward this practice. But there is a massive difference between intermittent fasting, which should be considered more of a way of life and not fasting in itself and a prolonged fast. While there are pros to intermittent fasting, for everyday health, the massive health benefits are found in prolonged fasting of 3-5 days. Inside today's podcast I speak with one of the leading researchers from the Longevity Institute out of the University of Southern California, Dr. Joseph Antoun. Inside this episode, I ask Dr. Antoun: The difference between intermittent fasting and prolonged fasting. The latest research in prolonged fasting and cancer healing. What we know about fasting from history. How long is long enough to achieve the benefits. How to effectively incorporate prolonged fasting into your life rhythms. It blew my mind and was exactly the message I feel we all need to hear. Make sure you listen and keep reading for my review of a five-day fast. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/204







#198: The Best Self-Care Practices for Enneagram Nine
Nov 27 2019 45 mins  
The best self-care practices for enneagram nine is explained inside. It's a subject I'm delighted to talk with an actual type nine on what this looks like in life. Self-care is a subject that I've thought long and hard about. Similar to the body positivity movement - it's one that has a lot of good and bad. But if we go back to the original definition of the word, then I think we can start to understand that self-care is not just another series of benchmarks and checkmarks, but it's a filling from abundance. Of knowing where you are and loving yourself for being there. Yet willing to take the necessary action to fill that self up. Whether through nourishing foods, bubble baths, or anything in between. Self-care is what you need and providing that when you need it - even if it is just a morning of extra sleep. So maybe all of that to say, we don't have to practice self-care but rather make self-care a part of who we are — living self-aware. The Ennea-health series was born from this. A place of actual knowledge to take action, creating a healthier life that is who you are not what you do. Today we continue digging into the Enneagram type nine through an interview with an online friend. Today I talk with Alannah Cook about her health journey how she has learned to use her strengths to overcome her health hurdles. Learn all the details and what this could mean for you inside the podcast. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/198


#196: The Best Self Care Practices for Enneagram Type Eight
Nov 21 2019 51 mins  
The best self-care practices for enneagram type eight is explained inside. It's a subject I'm delighted to talk with an actual type eight on what this looks like in life. Self-care is a subject that I've thought long and hard about. Similar to the body positivity movement - it's one that has a lot of good and bad. But if we go back to the original definition of the word, then I think we can start to understand that self-care is not just another series of benchmarks and checkmarks, but it's a filling from abundance. Of knowing where you are and loving yourself for being there. Yet willing to take the necessary action to fill that self up. Whether through nourishing foods, bubble baths, or anything in between. Self-care is what you need and providing that when you need it - even if it is just a morning of extra sleep. So maybe all of that to say, we don't have to practice self-care but rather make self-care a part of who we are — living self-aware. The Ennea-health series was born from this. A place of actual knowledge to take action, creating a healthier life that is who you are not what you do. Today we continue digging into the Enneagram type eight through an interview with a great friend, Kara McCartney. Today I talk with Kara in a candid and entertaining conversation about her health journey and how she has learned to use her strengths to overcome her health hurdles. Learn all the details and what this could mean for you inside the podcast. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/196


#194: The Best Self-Care Practices for Enneagram Type Seven
Nov 14 2019 52 mins  
The best self-care practices for enneagram type seven is explained inside. It's a subject I'm delighted to talk with an actual type seven on what this looks like in life. Self-care is a subject that I've thought long and hard about. Similar to the body positivity movement - it's one that has a lot of good and bad. But if we go back to the original definition of the word, then I think we can start to understand that self-care is not just another series of benchmarks and checkmarks, but it's a filling from abundance. Of knowing where you are and loving yourself for being there. Yet willing to take the necessary action to fill that self up. Whether through nourishing foods, bubble baths, or anything in between. Self-care is what you need and providing that when you need it - even if it is just a morning of extra sleep. So maybe all of that to say, we don't have to practice self-care but rather make self-care a part of who we are — living self-aware. The Ennea-health series was born from this. A place of actual knowledge to take action, creating a healthier life that is who you are not what you do. Today we continue digging into the Enneagram type seven through an interview with none other than my sister. Today I talk with Whitney Bowne in a candid and entertaining interview about her health journey and how she has learned to use her strengths to overcome her health hurdles. Learn all the details and what this could mean for you inside the podcast. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/194

#193: Health Tips for Enneagram Type Seven
Nov 11 2019 33 mins  
Want to get healthier? Let your enneagram number be your guide. Inside I teach enneagram type seven how to use their type for health. Getting outside of standard health benchmarks and learning how to live in health rather than for it! Seven's, you are the enthusiast. You embody joy and boundless love for life with a fun-loving, vivacious spirit, adaptability, and the ability to cast vision. People flock to you as you bring life to the world. You are a master at reframing - in the blink of an eye, you can take a bad situation and recast it in a positive light. While this is a great skill, it can also be your greatest weakness as the motive for this is often inadequate. Seven's you hate pain and will do almost anything to avoid it, which is going to be your greatest asset and greatest weakness when it comes to making healthy changes. Seven's, it’s time to sit with yourself. To drop the distraction techniques, bringing worry and anxiety, and recognize that in silence, you can find your healthiest self. You are smart, you are capable, and you have to learn to say no to the good so you can say yes to the great. Inside this episode, we talk about how enneagram sevens can live in health, all while honoring the support and security they crave. We've also created a free download for teaching you how to make health who you are through your enneagram number. Download the guide, print it off, and see how much it resonates with your life. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/193

#192: The Best Self-Care Practices for Enneagram Type Six
Nov 07 2019 53 mins  
The best self-care practices for enneagram type six is explained inside. It's a subject I'm delighted to talk with an actual type six on what this looks like in life. Self-care is a subject that I've thought long and hard about. Similar to the body positivity movement - it's one that has a lot of good and bad. But if we go back to the original definition of the word, then I think we can start to understand that self-care is not just another series of benchmarks and checkmarks, but it's a filling from abundance. Of knowing where you are and loving yourself for being there. Yet willing to take the necessary action to fill that self up. Whether through nourishing foods, bubble baths, or anything in between. Self-care is what you need and providing that when you need it - even if it is just a morning of extra sleep. So maybe all of that to say, we don't have to practice self-care but rather make self-care a part of who we are — living self-aware. The Ennea-health series was born from this. A place of actual knowledge to take action, creating a healthier life that is who you are not what you do. Today we continue digging into the Enneagram type six through an interview with an online friend. Today I talk with Heidi Krohn about her health journey how she has learned to use her strengths to overcome her health hurdles. Learn all the details and what this could mean for you inside the podcast. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/192

#191: Health Tips for Enneagram Type Six
Nov 04 2019 38 mins  
Want to get healthier? Let your enneagram number be your guide. Inside I teach enneagram type six how to use their type for health. Getting outside of standard health benchmarks and learning how to live in health rather than for it! Six’s, you are the loyalist. You are deeply-rooted in truths and have an amazing ability to perceive the world around you. Not only that, but you are great at troubleshooting and coming up with solutions. You can view and troubleshoot problems before other types would even recognize there is a problem. But with this in-depth perception can come the recognition that the world isn’t always a lovely place. Your security, or lack thereof, is your greatest fear - often leading to “worst-case-scenario” thinking. These thoughts can trap you pushing you down the anxiety spiral and closing you off from using your real gifts. Six’s, it’s time to be gentle with yourself. To challenge the “inner committee,” residing in your head working to confuse and stress you. Instead, put aside the committee and learn to listen to you. You are smart, you are capable, and you are worthy - you have to learn to trust yourself enough to believe it. Inside this episode, we talk about how an enneagram six can live in health, all while honoring the support and security they crave. We've also created a free download for teaching you how to make health who you are through your enneagram number. Download the guide, print it off, and see how much it resonates with your life. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/191


#190: The Best Self-Care Practices for Enneagram Type Five
Oct 25 2019 49 mins  
The best self-care practices for enneagram type five is explained inside. It's a subject I'm delighted to talk with an actual type five on what this looks like in life. Self-care is a subject that I've thought long and hard about. Similar to the body positivity movement - it's one that has a lot of good and bad. But if we go back to the original definition of the word, then I think we can start to understand that self-care is not just another series of benchmarks and checkmarks, but it's a filling from abundance. Of knowing where you are and loving yourself for being there. Yet willing to take the necessary action to fill that self up. Whether through nourishing foods, bubble baths, or anything in between. Self-care is what you need and providing that when you need it - even if it is just a morning of extra sleep. So maybe all of that to say, we don't have to practice self-care but rather make self-care a part of who we are — living self-aware. The Ennea-health series was born from this. A place of actual knowledge to take action, creating a healthier life that is who you are not what you do. Today we continue digging into the Enneagram type five through an interview with an online friend. Today I talk with Cassidy Tyler about her health journey how she has learned to use her strengths to overcome her health hurdles. Learn all the details and what this could mean for you inside the podcast. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/190

#189: Health Tips for Enneagram Type Five
Oct 21 2019 40 mins  
Want to get healthier? Let your enneagram number be your guide. Inside I teach enneagram type five how to use their type for health. Getting outside of standard health benchmarks and learning how to live in health rather than for it! Enneagram type five, you value understanding. Your a deep thinker and value time spent processing the world around you. You thrive on self-sufficiency, independence, and alone time - collecting thoughts, ideas, knowledge, silence, and space. You pour your soul and energy into your thoughts. As a five, you build your identity in your mind. Working to find stability and security in life through collecting or hoarding what it is that you think will keep you secure. In this, you generally live a minimalistic life, with relatively few needs and the stamina to provide for yourself. You are often suppressing your deep emotions, stirring them over in your mind for days before you’re able to articulate them. But as you work to get healthy, you’ll learn how to feel the emotion when it comes and then let it go. Through this, you’ll develop courage outside of collecting knowledge, allowing you to take action and trust your gut. In health, you’ll be able to connect with your body and recognize that you, too, are a human, and your needs are valid. Inside this episode, we talk about how an enneagram five can live in health, all while honoring the space and security they crave. We've also created a free download for teaching you how to make health who you are through your enneagram number. Download the guide, print it off, and see how much it resonates with your life. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/189

#188: The Best Self-Care Practices for Enneagram Type Four
Oct 18 2019 52 mins  
The best self-care practices for enneagram type four is explained inside. It's a subject I'm delighted to talk with an actual type four on what this looks like in life. Self-care is a subject that I've thought long and hard about. Similar to the body positivity movement - it's one that has a lot of good and bad. But if we go back to the original definition of the word, then I think we can start to understand that self-care is not just another series of benchmarks and checkmarks, but it's a filling from abundance. Of knowing where you are and loving yourself for being there. Yet willing to take the necessary action to fill that self up. Whether through nourishing foods, bubble baths, or anything in between. Self-care is what you need and providing that when you need it - even if it is just a morning of extra sleep. So maybe all of that to say, we don't have to practice self-care but rather make self-care a part of who we are — living self-aware. The Ennea-health series was born from this. A place of actual knowledge to take action, creating a healthier life that is who you are not what you do. Today we continue digging into the Enneagram type four through an interview with a dear friend. Today I talk with Jasmine about her health journey how she has learned to use her strengths to overcome her health hurdles. Learn all the details and what this could mean for you inside the podcast. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/188

#187: Health Tips for Enneagram Type Four
Oct 16 2019 38 mins  
Want to get healthier? Let your enneagram number be your guide. Inside I teach enneagram type four how to use their type for health. Getting outside of standard health benchmarks and learning how to live in health rather than for it! Four's you feel in a way that most people never will. While this makes you feel different, even sometimes questioning what is missing from your life, in health, I wonder if you already are what you've been dying to become? Four's, I believe that while envy can overrun your life, in time and the right mind space, you can become one of the most confident and sure humans on this planet. You are the meaning makers, bringing purpose, logic, and creativity to the world and doing it with such grace. Your gifts and talents and art can pull people up, transforming them into a better, happier person with each encounter you grace them with. To get healthy, fours, you have to recognize that while you can feel all the things, you do not need to become what you feel. Your feelings don't own you or have to rule your life. The work isn’t easy, but it is worth it. Inside today's podcast, we dive into how to make healthier changes for enneagram type four. We talk through the health benefits of processing your emotions, creating nourishing rhythms, and balance. We've also created a free download for teaching you how to make health who you are through your enneagram number. Download the guide, print it off, and see how much it resonates with your life. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/187

#186: The Best Self-Care Practices for Enneagram Type Three
Oct 10 2019 44 mins  
The best self-care practices for enneagram type three is explained inside. It's a subject I'm delighted to talk with an actual type three on what this looks like in life. Self-care is a subject that I've thought long and hard about. Similar to the body positivity movement - it's one that has a lot of good and bad. But if we go back to the original definition of the word, then I think we can start to understand that self-care is not just another series of benchmarks and checkmarks, but it's a filling from abundance. Of knowing where you are and loving yourself for being there. Yet willing to take the necessary action to fill that self up. Whether through nourishing foods, bubble baths, or anything in between. Self-care is what you need and providing that when you need it - even if it is just a morning of extra sleep. So maybe all of that to say, we don't have to practice self-care but rather make self-care a part of who we are — living self-aware. The Ennea-health series was born from this. A place of actual knowledge to take action, creating a healthier life that is who you are not what you do. Today we continue digging into the Enneagram type three through an interview with a dear friend. Today I talk with Rebekah about her health journey how she has learned to use her strengths to overcome her health hurdles. Learn all the details and what this could mean for you inside the podcast. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/186

#185: Health Tips for Enneagram Type Three
Oct 07 2019 39 mins  
Want to get healthier? Let your enneagram number be your guide. Inside I teach enneagram type three how to use their type for health. Getting outside of normal health benchmarks and learning how to live in health rather than for it! Three’s, you’re a spark plug. You love setting goals and checking them off, living through a cycle of set goals and meet the goal. When challenged, you rise to the occasion. Being disciplined and not easily distracted, you inspire others by achieving what others think cannot be done. You have many strengths that are highly possessed when it comes to living a healthy life. But through the hype, what you want most is to be loved. And you think this love comes through what you achieve. While threes are the most likely to achieve set goals, you’re also one of the top enneagram numbers to fear failure, and therefore you mask yourself, covering up the real you with what you think people want you to believe. To get healthy, threes, you have to believe at the core of who you are, that you are not loved because of what you’ve accomplished but because of who you are. The work isn’t easy, but it is worth it. Inside today's podcast, we dive into how to make healthier changes for enneagram type three. We talk through the health benefits of processing your emotions, creating nourishing rhythms, and creating balance. We've also created a free download for teaching you how to make health who you are through your enneagram number. Download the guide, print it off, and see how much it resonates with your life. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/185

#184: The Best Self-Care Practices for Enneagram Type Two
Oct 03 2019 60 mins  
The best self-care practices for enneagram type two is explained inside. It's a subject I'm delighted to talk with an actual type two on what this looks like in life. Self-care is a subject that I've thought long and hard about. Similar to the body positivity movement - it's one that has a lot of good and bad. But if we go back to the original definition of the word - an in-depth knowledge of oneself then I think we can start to understand that self-care is not just another series of benchmarks and checkmarks, but it's a filling from abundance. Of knowing where you are, loving yourself for being there and yet willing to take the necessary action to fill that self up. Whether through nourishing foods, bubble baths or anything in between. Self-care is what you need and providing that when you need it - even if it is just a morning of extra sleep. So maybe all of that to say, we don't have to practice self-care but rather make self-care a part of who we are - living self-aware. The Ennea-health series was born from this. A place of actual knowledge to take action, creating a healthier life that is who you are not what you do. Today we continue digging into the Enneagram type two through an interview with a dear friend. Today I talk with Karlee about her health journey how she has learned to use her strengths to overcome her health hurdles. Learn all the details and what this could mean for you inside the podcast. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/184



#182: The Best Self-Care Practices For Enneagram Type One
Sep 26 2019 40 mins  
The best self-care practices for enneagram type one is explained inside. It's a subject I'm delighted to talk with an actual type one on what this looks like in life. Self-care is a buzzy word and with good intention. The fast-paced lifestyle of hustle hasn't done much for our health. While it's not to say you can't hustle - it is to say that you need some extra self-care to do it without losing yourself in the process. But did you know self-care isn't just about fuzzy bath bombs and coconut buns? The word origin dates back to ancient Greece, where it was used to describe an in-depth knowledge of self. Knowing how you work, what you need, and then deciding how to provide that. It wasn't another standard or benchmark but a knowledge of self. I recorded an entire podcast on the subject and why the enneagram is so vital to true self-care. Honestly, it made me love self-care for what it is rather than for doing it, hoping to achieve something. The Ennea-health series was born from this. A place of actual knowledge to take action, creating a healthier life that is who you are not what you do. Today we continue digging into the Enneagram type one through an interview with a dear friend and type one. Today I talk with Shelby about her health journey and how she has learned to use her strengths to overcome her health hurdles. Learn all the details and what this could mean for you inside the podcast. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/182


#180: Bringing Back Real Self Care Using the Enneagram
Sep 16 2019 33 mins  
Self-care is nothing new. It's a concept said to have been kicked around since Ancient Greece. Of course, like everything we have the intended purpose and the abused definition that has made self-care all too confusing. Of course, we can't argue that it's natural to define self-care in your own way. And many people and different groups have throughout generations. But I think the latest definition of self-care that looks more like self-indulgence confuses the real meaning of what self-care means. In the shuffle of bath bombs and structured routines, we can lose ourselves or fail to find ourselves, which means we've not participated in self-care but rather self-indulgence. Don't get me wrong, I love the word indulgence just as much as you, and there is nothing wrong with a nightly bath, an occasional massage, or getting your nails done. Those are all well and good, necessary and caring for yourself in some way but we can't let self-indulgence steel what needs to be the real and accurate definition of self-care - which means to know yourself enough to know how to care for yourself. Not to care for yourself in a way someone else has defined - because this isn't a picture of you but of you slapping someone else's needs onto yourself. The truth of the matter is, there are a lot of people making big money with the new idea of self-care and making you buy into the idea that this is the path to health. I'm clearly on a rant - but I think this needs to be crystal clear. Self-care is not defined by the world but by you - by knowing yourself, the whole of who you are and then caring for that being in the way that brings you life. Can it look like self-indulgence, absolutely - but it doesn't often start there. It begins by knowing yourself - the real being under all of the masks. So how do we do that? Inside this podcast, I talk about the importance of digging up what self-care means to you and why this is important. I also show you how to learn more about your true self using the Enneagram. It's the start of The Ennea-Health Series, and it all begins right here. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/180

#179: Reviving the Body Positivity Movement
Sep 04 2019 38 mins  
Fifth grade, it was the first encounter I had with my physical appearance. I had on jean shorts that had gotten a little snug over that year. You could say I was early to blossom and I didn't quite know what to do or how to dress the new-found curves and extra pudge my legs have developed through the winter. It was our end of the year class party - at the swimming pool. The sun was beaming, and finally, the brisk chill of spring had left. Summer was here. I remember that morning, before the start of the last few days of my fifth-grade year - trying on my swimsuit. The one that too had grown a little snug for me. But I slipped it on, dressed and was giddy with excitement that finally it was our turn for the epic pool party that ended the last days of elementary school and welcomed us into middle school. As we walked to the pool that day, I remember giggling with my friends. Planning the next birthday party where we'd finally have a chance to finalize the dance routines we'd been making up. As we were walking, I started hearing one boy and then multiple boys, chanting, "thunder thighs." The words seemed to echo throughout the entire town. "Thunder thighs, thunder thighs, thunder thighs." Followed by a massive roar of laughter. I turned, knowing exactly who they were speaking of - as I was one of the first and only to blossom in my class that year. They were directly talking about me! About my thighs that stuck out below my too-tight shorts. I was mortified, holding back tears that stung my eyes. We hadn't even gotten to the pool, to reveal my full body in skin-tight spandex that has no mercy. That moment changed me for life. It's etched in my brain and has carried me to my now 31-year old body. I doubt I'm alone - and I realize that few people can escape the negative stigma that comes with body appearance. The bar that is so hard to reach with far too many people falling short. But don't we try? Even today as I type these words, I can't say that my thighs bother me, but I would say it's one area that I'm most likely to not-like when I look in the mirror. I doubt it's me talking but that nasty-fifth grade boy that ruined the way I think about them. But what do we do with this? How do we overcome body image issues and step into true body love - embracing the movement of body positivity? That's what I talk about inside today's podcast - the revival of the body positivity movement for what it's supposed to be. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/179




























#154: Could The Stories You Tell Yourself Determine How Healthy You Are
May 15 2019 34 mins  
It's a bold statement to say, the story you tell yourself is determining your health. I know it sounds big and possibly just another woo-woo thing someone would try to convince you makes a difference - but there is actual science to back it up. Inside this post, we dive into how the stories you tell yourself changes your brain chemistry and drives action. Check it out here. "Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me." I remember saying this all the time, threatening hurtful words and convincing myself that they wouldn't hurt - but boy did they sting. Words hurt, and sometimes bad. In fact, some of the most damaging things to the human body are words. I know, words and thoughts used to be believed to be things that just happened and floated around in space without any real implication. But we know that isn't true and we can even see and feel the implications of words as the emotions race through our body. Just as your face gets flushed when you're embarrassed or butterflies emerge in your stomach when you're nervous or excited. Words have a purpose and great depth in our lives. And the stories you tell yourself can change the entire outcome. This week on the podcast, I dive into stories and the chemical effect they are having on our brain and actions. We'll answer the question, can changing your brain chemistry, through stories, change your outcome. Make sure you listen in to get all of the details. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/154



































#123: Six Cheap & Easy Immune Boosting Tips
Nov 27 2018 35 mins  
'Tis cold and flu season which means all things sniffles, tissues, and early bedtimes. But are you tired of being plagued year in and year out by the nagging sickness that seems to knock you out at least once a year? Here are my 6 cheap and easy immune boosting tips. The immune system is a fascinating subject and one that surprisingly doesn't get a ton of stage time. We hear about cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers, depression, and autoimmunity. We even hear about good hand washing, flu vaccines and what your mom always told you - to have a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup. But my question is, why aren't we talking more about the very system that could also keep us well? The one that is continuously running, even without us knowing, working to get rid of invaders in the never-ending battle that our body faces every single day. What if we learned about it, and instead of trying to take matters into our own hands we understood the very system that could keep us well? The immune system is what we're breaking down on today's podcast. From what it is, how it works and ultimately how we can support it because the supportive aspect is the key. Like everything, things change when we learn to work with our body instead of against it. Inside today's podcast, you'll learn a lot - maybe more than you care to know - about your immune system. From what it needs to thrive and how you can create the right environment to prevent illness this year and in the many years to come. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/123









#115: Body Weight Set Point: What It Is and How To Change It
Oct 17 2018 43 mins  
Diets, fads, weight loss, it's all a part of the main-stream culture. And so deeply rooted into many of our lives. But do you ever wonder why it's so difficult to lose weight, let alone keep it off? That's what we're talking about today and how our weight set point determines how we lose, if we lose and how we'll keep it off. I'm continually fascinated by the human body and reminded at just how powerful and intricate it can be. And body fat the dreaded thing we fear is no different. In fact, many experts now distinguish body fat as it's own organ system. I'm half tempted to believe that body fat is so intricate we still are in the infancy stage of what we know about it. But what we do know is that losing weight is more complicated than just a generic equation dealing with calories. We know that it can't possibly be a simple equation, because if it were, wouldn't we be a nation of thin, healthy people? If there were a simple solution, we'd all be thin. But the question becomes, are we able to lose weight and keep it off? To beat the disturbing statistics that 97% of people who lose weight will gain it back an more. What? Why? I wanted to know it all and bring the answer to you. Today on the podcast we answer the questions: Can you lose weight and keep it off? What does this mean for your hormones and biology? And more. We dive into the broad subject of weight, body mass composition and give you answers on how to change it. SPOILER ALERT: It's not what most diets teach. Tune in to find out. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/115

#114: 5 Ways to End Negative Self Talk and Change Your Health
Oct 11 2018 47 mins  
I was convicted this weekend sitting at a conference, Jen Wilken is the speaker, and she spoke words that shot straight to the heart. Not in just one area but multiple, including our inner self-critic. Who it is we call ourselves and how we talk to that person that we've made yourself to be. It was a powerful message on standing true to your new name, who you are in Christ and positioning yourself to talk as any good parent would raise their child to talk to someone else and themselves. Like a ton of bricks, it all came rolling in, what makes me think that continually beating myself up and talking worse to myself than I would to any other thing was okay? I mean did these insults I daily flung inside my mind change me? Did they make me better? Did they bring results? No, none of it and believing that they would is a bunch of lies. These words weren't just sitting in my mind, they were being stored, they were being used, and they are the driving force creating my actions. What I preach to myself every day, and what you preach to yourself every day is ultimately what our brain perceives and therefore responds accordingly. So what are you thinking? What do you believe to be true and how is this driving your life. Thes questions are just a little glimmer of what we talk about on the podcast with guest expert Amy Van Slambrook. Amy Van Slambrook is a licensed psychotherapist working to help heal past trauma's, strengthen relationships and help you live up to who you were designed to be. On the show I'm asking Amy: How do your past trauma's affect your biology and beliefs? How we can heal from past trauma's The benefit of community and relationships in our mindset. And so much more. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/114

#113: A Seasonal Guide for Fall & Winter: What to Eat & How to Live
Oct 05 2018 18 mins  
To everything, there is a season, including us. As much as we don't have to live seasonally in the way we eat, thanks to the fresh produce section at the grocery store supplying everything nearly all year long or even live seasonally, our body still adjusts to the changing of the season. You might not recognize it at first, but I think if we all peered a little longer we could see our bodies needs change with the seasons. Your need for sleep increases, your cravings change and your bodies ability to stay warm diminishes. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Often our thirst increases, our ability to handle stress decreases and our urge to cuddle up under warm blanket skyrockets. These changes are all part of the seasonal cycle at work in and on your biological processes that are working to control your immunity, mind, metabolism, hormones, sleep cycles and more. The problem is, we live in an age where we aren't forced to change seasonally, even though our body always is. This resistance to change is causing a lot of harm to these biological processes leading to seasonal affective disorder, weight gain, moodiness, exhaustion, weakness and more. The good news - it's so easy to change. It just means working with your body instead of against it and helping it to stay warm and moist all winter long. In this podcast, I tell you exactly how to do that. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/113


#111: Is Organic Produce Really Better?
Sep 25 2018 39 mins  
Those are questions I've found myself pondering in the past and questions I often get from others. What should buy organically and what things don't matter quite as much? Inside today's podcast, we dive into the truth about organic foods, what you need to know, what foods you should focus on buying organically and how this impacts the health of our bodies. It's a show to listen to, especially if you wrestle with these same questions. Also, make sure to keep reading the post where I share five ways to get organic on a budget. But before we get to either, can I get on my soapbox? Okay, good, because I'm going there. While I do believe this is a valid conversation and in some cases debate, the truth of the matter is that the most important thing is just choosing to eat more whole foods. If you're still working on that aspect, do NOT worry about whether it is organic or not. Because if we look at death rates in America, the number one and number two cases of death still boil down to what type of diet people are eating, processed versus whole. And if we go another step then we can grasp that produce only accounts for a small percentage of chemical usage, so switching from processed foods to more whole foods is still going to decrease the chemical exposure in general. So rather than arguing so hard over organic or not, I think we first need to clarify that the most critical element is still whole foods, whether that is organic or conventionally raised. After you achieve that massive step, then you may want to consider what is inside this podcast. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/111











































































#044: How To Get Your Life Back When Nothing Goes As Planned
Jan 04 2017 68 mins  
If we're honest with ourselves goal setting, resolution making and planning are often times just great thoughts. In my own life I've experienced this on one too many occasions. Spending hours planning but never following through with the plan. Or better yet, setting unrealistic expectations (a.k.a. goals) that will never have a possibility of getting met. Last year was a great example. I was going to conquer the world. Okay, maybe not the world, but I had set some pretty high goals that weren't necessarily unrealistic. I had ultimately set an expectation that this was going to be my year. I even bought a shirt that said those exact words, this was my year (because that makes if official). Yet not two weeks into the new year my life began to crumble around me. It happened slowly at first but quickly started compounding until I found myself nearly breathless and hopeless in a heap on my bathroom floor sobbing. From there I spent one too many months in this heap of hopelessness questioning my purpose. Wondering how and if I would ever move beyond this point and seeking but never managing to find joy. I was broken, shaken and beat down. I've recorded a podcast (along with my friend and mentor Mikaela Kate) to help you walk through this journey. To get your life back even when nothing seems to go as planned. It starts with emotion, with knowing and feeling where you've come from and creating a vision and an emotion for where you want to go. This is how you meet your dreams. This is how you find success. It's not through good intentions. It's through purposely living. Doing everything with a purpose. Listen to the podcast and get my own story, my redemption story, and the initial steps you can also take to get your life back. Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/044
























#022: How To Be A Force For Your Own Health with Josh Trent
Jul 12 2016 51 mins  
I can remember walking to the swimming pool on a sunny May day in 7th grade. In lines, hanging out with friends who would have been the popular crowd. Although I always teetered on the edge of that. Mostly hanging in there because we had been friends before we defined popular by looks. So as you can guess I wasn't the prettiest of my friends nor was I a stand out in really anything I did. I was just mediocre. But I was content and happy with who I was. I definitely followed a crowd more than I should have, as my personality is really to go against the grain. But owning that came later in life. So there I was, walking with the "in-crowd," trying to fit in when out of nowhere I had my first realization that I was more mediocre than I had thought. I can hear it just like it happened today, Thunder thighs, Alexa has thunder thighs. Heart stops. What? Am I hearing this, thunder thighs, thunder thighs, thunder thighs? Over and over and over, I couldn't' stop hearing it. At that moment, the first moment I began getting defined by looks. Heart-wrenching and heartbreaking is what it is. For the hold that had on me for longer than it should. I never verbalized it, for the shame of that, but obviously, it never left. Those words clung to me and began the spiral of lies that I wasn't enough. Fortunately, something bigger was planned for my life and somewhere along the way I mustered the strength to move beyond that, yet it still defines a part of my journey. Yet it wasn't until I was able to accept that, to deal with the hurt and fully move beyond that that I was truly able to blossom into a greater value and respect for myself, regardless of how large my thighs were. Yes, getting dressed on a warm summer day I still consider hiding my thighs in black leggings or jeans, dreading shorts will cause other people to judge the very thing that began my spiral of self-defeating lies. But now I know better, I know I'm worthy of more, that even in my darkest days my thighs don't define me, I'm not controlled by a number and instead, I choose to respect and value even when it's hard. But getting here is all about the journey. Of knowing, accepting and moving on for the past and choosing something better. Of letting go of what and how everyone else has defined you and fully living for who you are. And today on the show there is a very wise friend and mentor who is full of wisdom, a past and someone who will ignite your future. It's bright I can tell you that so now will you choose to use your force, the wellness force inside of you to live for something bigger? Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/022




#019: Are your Expectations Stealing your Joy with Christine Hassler
Jun 21 2016 34 mins  
Expectations have a way of wreaking havoc on life. It can really suck the joy out of all things. I say this knowing full well what living in a life full of expectations can do. The problem was for the longest time I never realized that expectations were the root of a lot of arguments, anger, and let-downs. I truly believed that expectations were, well expected in this life. I mean it's kind of ingrained in us from the time we were little ones. There's no escaping it, from expecting our children to behave well, to expect to get paid on time, to expecting everything in your day to go perfectly planned or how about expecting to lose weight on your next "diet". And the list continues. But what happens when reality strikes, your kids fall apart, your paycheck comes in a few days late or you get stuck in traffic only to be late for your 8:00 am meeting? You become reactive. In my case, reactive means angry, distraught and anxious about the realities that have actually happened that seem to be far from what I expected. Maybe it's the fantasy land we create or believe others are living simply because of the perfection of social media. Maybe it is just a human tendency to want to be right. I'm not really sure where the urge to create unending expectations comes in but the reality, they're sabotaging our chances of actually getting what we've set out to get, of meeting our goals. So before you get into today's episode on preventing expectations and all of the reasons you should change it up and forget them I want to ask you, are your expectations met? What happens when they aren't? How does it make you feel and why do you even make them? Just a little light thinking for you ;) Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/019







#014: How to Break Free of Being Busy with Alli Worthington
May 17 2016 47 mins  
There are those times in your life where you feel like your reality just gets slapped across your face. Mostly because I like to keep myself too busy to notice the obvious, especially when the obvious is hard. Alli's book was handed to me in one of those moments. One of those seasons where I was drowning in everything from the endless amount of e-mails in my inbox, to school snacks that I kept forgetting, mounds of laundry (we’re talking like an entire pack-n-play full (which makes a rather nice clothes basket) and twenty different projects I said yes to, eighteen of which I was regretting. Fortunately, it wasn’t an angry moment when my sister handed me this book and declared the entire family was going to read it. I actually looked at the title and started salvaging because I knew my life was mass chaos. No beautiful mess here, just grimy, icky, horrible mess. As I dug into the book, I couldn’t put it down. It was as if she was speaking to me word by word, page by page. I needed it, I soaked it in and I wished for more when it was over so I just read it again. My life was far beyond busy and I had reached every end of overcapacity. I realized I was a hypocrite a liar and that was just getting through the shell. Here I was someone promoting and posting to the world advice that I wished I could take but knew I didn’t have the means to. I mean the laundry never ends, looking for work never ends, the to-do list is never, ever gone. I surely couldn’t break free of busyness but I wanted everyone else to because I knew the damage. But I hit the pit. What seemed like a bottomless pit of shame, guilt and still a never-ending to-do list was pretty rocky. I got bruised and battered on the way down but looking back it was exactly the jolt I needed to get my head back above water and breathe. What started out as gasping for air has now just turned into a lot of daily deep breaths. And while I’d like to tell you I’ve broken free, I haven’t yet. I’m still plagued with fear, worry, and anxiety about what is next, about letting go and ultimately missing out. Yet the other side of me recognizes and realizes and sees that in breaking busy I’m actually more free to be me. The journey never ends I’m sure but I’m hoping today’s show will be the boost of encouragement you need to get rid of the things that hold you back and truly become the person you know you can be. Today’s episode will rock your socks off! Learn more: https://simplerootswellness.com/014






















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