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Women Gone Vibrant| Ayurveda for midlife & menopause

WELCOME TO WOMEN GONE VIBRANT WHERE IT IS ALL ABOUT RADICAL BODY WISDOM FOR MATURE WOMEN.Here we revolutionize the way you think about your body. Stay tuned to courageously create the next you and step into your vibrant health evolution.Ditch being a victim to the health care system and create the body of your dreams. You are in the right place if you want to be in the driver’s seat of your life, create your body with your body and actively design the next phase of your life. With your host Alexandra Epple who is turning badass by practicing martial arts with a yogic attitude

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Episode #4. Women and the Moon

Aligning monthly and daily activities according to the moon phases brings an easeful rhythm to our lives and peace of mind. Download the Wisdom Sheet Visit my Website Join me on Facebook Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

46mins

23 Mar 2017

Rank #1

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Episode #14. Midlife & Menopause: Portal of transformation

Menopause marks the death of your old Self and rebirth of your new Self. It is a pivotal portal for transformation in every woman’s life. While the first part of life is all about accumulation - think finances, house, husband, children, stuff, career - the second half of life is all about simplification. Letting go of stuff, relationships, outdated belief systems, emotional and bodily toxins becomes crucial in this phase of life. Detoxing on all those levels clears the path to your future self and allows for an easeful transition not only mentally-emotionally speaking but also on a body related level. A new self wants to be reborn at menopause. It can happen with ease in a clean environment (again think body, emotions, mind, relationships, your home). Sirena shares her own story how she simplified her life by shedding 95% of her possessions including her valued book collection, how that has impacted her body’s health and how she achieved lightness of being through menopause. Sirena is one of those wise elders you want to listen to especially as she has extensive experience leading other women through this transition. What You get from tuning in: What is a Midlife Midwife and what she can do for you The impact of detoxing and cleansing on your level of Body Joy The 4 steps you need to recover your juiciness 2 strategies  to get you started on your journey through menopause Visit my Website Join me on Facebook Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

29mins

14 Sep 2017

Rank #2

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Episode #9. The effect of digestion & stress on hormones

Digestion is at the heart of health according to Ayurveda. Digest what you eat well and assimilate it properly, and your body cells will be healthy and ready to do good work; your immune system will be strong and your hormones balanced. If you are not digesting your food well, the body will be fed poorly and also has to work harder to eliminate toxins. Low quality cells will be produced and the hormone system is not getting the quality nutrition it needs to function well. Winslow and I  also chat about the effect of gas (=flatulence) on bone health. The basic equation here goes like this: (hope you liked mathematics. I did) gas = more acidity in body More acidity = leached minerals like calcium from bones Leached minerals = weaker bones Weaker bones = osteoporosis WHAT YOU GET OUT OF LISTENING Understand the link between digestion, fight and flight response and the adrenals What is happening in the gut from a Western medical perspective and how it affects hormone production The role of probiotics and HCL in the gut Vitamin C supplements How digestion affects osteoporosis The effects of carbonated drinks on digestion Visit my Website Join me on Facebook Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

14mins

8 Jun 2017

Rank #3

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Episode #15. How to activate your sacred feminine

At the Vancouver peace summit, the Dalai Lama proclaimed: “The world will be saved by the Western woman”. And right he may is considering that as Western women we have the resources needed to make a profound impact. We also have the freedom to develop and tap into our sacred feminine power. As Western women, one by one, awaken into self-realized, authentic, spirit-embodied human beings, there will be no limits as to what we will contribute in a feminine, intuitive way to all sectors of society. Tapping into our sacred yonis is vital to unlock the power you need  to make the impact the Dalai Lama is talking about. Yoni is a sanskrit word referring to the womb, uterus, vagina and vulva. The word also means abode and source. It is the feminine power center and sacred portal into our soul. What you get from tuning in: What is the yoni and why is it important to tap into that part of our bodies How to know whether you are in touch with your yoni How to know if your yoni is blocked 5 practices to tap into your yoni power Download the Wisdom Sheet   Visit my Website Join me on Facebook Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

34mins

28 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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Episode #48: Proven strategies to overcome emotional eating & food addictions

Emotional eating, eating disorders and body image issues are an inter-generational phenomena. It starts with children, spans across teenagers and young adults and can go way into old age. What is it about food that has such an attraction that so many of us use it like a drug or refrain from using it at all? Carolyn Ross MD shares her personal story around healing from a severe diagnosed disease and what lessons she has learnt. She now applies those lessons and her knowledge from integrative medicine with her patients who suffer from food addiction and eating disorders. What you get from tuning in: What attracts or repels us so much about food The pleasure loop How Dr. Carolyn overcame chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia holistically The cause and commonality in all types of food disorders The link between black and white thinking and food disorders Early warning signs of food disorders Visit my Website Join my private Facebook Group Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

38mins

16 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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Episode #41: Soul Style Dress: Dress yourself for more confidence & self love

We are talking about clothes of all things. What me? Yes. That’s right. Clothes and everything that comes with it, shoes, accessories, jewelry is important to many women. Period.  And clothes are something that in the world of yogis, with whom I have been hanging out, has often been suppressed and shunned. After all the development of the soul is more important, right?…..and what do clothes have to do with that? Well, truth be told, a lot. The way you dress reflects a level of self confidence, self worth and self love. Clothes reflect your identity and who you are as a person. Clothes also express what you want to experience at any moment in time. Remember a day when you were in pyjamas all day? You were probably going for comfort and snuggle time. Now imagine a day where you dressed up, in a beautiful and carefully chosen dress, adorned with jewelry and maybe high heels (likely not me, but you get the point). Were you going on a date?  You probably felt immediately more powerful, worthy and self confident. And what is more, dressing right can make you be seen and heard as who you are. Authentically. If you want to be heard and seen (even though part of you is resistant) you need to listen to this conversation. What you get from  tuning in: How your clothes impacts your self-confidence, self-worth and self-love The interrelationship between appearance/dress, habits and identity The wrong pieces of clothes take away from you The impact of color on your energy And some joyful laughter…. Visit my Website Join my private Facebook Group Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

31mins

10 Oct 2018

Rank #6

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Episode #27: Lessons from a premature menopause

The average age of menopause is 51 in the US. Entering menopause before 40 is considered premature and brings with it a higher risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. Brodie Welch, herself an accomplished Chinese Medical practitioner, Yoga Health Coach and carrier of wisdom entered menopause prematurely at the age of 35. She shares her story. And she shares the advice she gives to herself and the wisdom she passes on to her patients. “The body gives us interesting puzzles to figure out” Brodie Welch What you get from tuning in: The cycle of 7 Reasons why the hormonal well and juice gets drained The jet plane vs. the helicopter version of menopause Menopause as a lower gear metabolism The monthly yin and yang cycle of a woman The answer to “What does being empowered about your health mean?” “Menopause is not enough coolant in your system to hold the rising heat” Brodie Welch Visit my Website Join me on Facebook Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

52mins

30 Mar 2018

Rank #7

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Episode #19. How to be empowered about peri-menopause

Tracey was obsessed about menopause. It is all she could talk about once she hit that phase in her life. Tracey grew up in a family where topics like menopause was not exactly a topic to be discussed. Think British and think proper. Once she entered this phase herself she had no clue how to relate her symptoms with a possible diagnosis until hot flashes hit her. Aha, might this be the great transition? Her Western medical doctor confirmed that she indeed had entered the peri-menopausal phase.  That’s when her obsession started. To be fair, it was a cute and positive obsession, but it was an obsession. She gobbled up books and researched like crazy. It was all so fascinating. It was not until she visited her Ayurvedic doctor, however,  that she stopped identifying with the label and actually realized she could do something about it. Instead of giving up her power to an outside person she took matters in her own hand and empowered herself along the journey. In this podcast, she shares with us her trials, insights and tribulations and how she came out the other end wiser and more attuned to her body than she ever has been. What You get from tuning in: What symptoms you might encounter during menopause The concept of hormone disruptors, what they are and how to avoid them How culture can impact your menopause experience How menopause is lived in Bahrain, an island near Saudi Arabia Visit my Website Join me on Facebook Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

41mins

23 Nov 2017

Rank #8

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Episode #3. How to have more time

Dana Skoglund and I chat about how to create and have more time for the things that matter most to you, listen to it here and on iTunes.  Visit my Website Join me on Facebook Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

8mins

9 Mar 2017

Rank #9

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Episode #33: What is Health? No really, what is it? …part 3

Before you dive into this episode listen to What is health: part 1 and What is health: part 2. Yahoo, we continue our conversation around What Is Health. Today, we talk all about the 5 layers of our being. Yep, that’s right we consist of five distinct layers not just one. You have, of course heard about the body-mind-spirit approach. Dah, right? But what does that mean exactly?  It’s a bit of an aloof concept if you ask me. It sounds good, but without breaking it down to what it exactly is, it holds little juice. I will get practical with you about how to feed each of those layers. You feed your physical body, don’t you? Think food, exercise, sleep. Maybe you get a massage once in a while. Well, the other 4 layers need to be fed too. But how do you do that? Listen in and find out. Because you need to feed each of  those layers abundantly to create the YOU that is alive, vibrant and irresistibly beautiful.   What you get from tuning in: The 5 layers of our body The food & medicine to keep your five layers healthy Visit my Website Join me on Facebook Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

19mins

20 Jun 2018

Rank #10

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Episode #24: What is menopause? Let’s get it straight

Every woman goes through menopause, whether she wants to or not. Of course, that only applies if she gets old enough.   Although discussing this phase of life openly becomes less and less taboo with every year, we still don’t get all that much information from our elders, books aside. I don’t know about you but while my Mom is willing to share when I ask, I also have to pull every detail out of her nose. In this podcast, I want to clear up the fundamental question of “What is menopause” exactly. It can get kind of confusing as some women (and health care practitioners) refer to it as a point in time, while others refer to it as a phase in their lives. So let’s get it straight.   What you get from tuning in: The 4 phases of menopause Is Menopause a phase or a point in time? What symptoms may show up? Visit my Website Join me on Facebook Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

16mins

15 Feb 2018

Rank #11

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Episode #31: What is Health? No really, what is it? …part 2

Health is hard to define. It is many layered. Just as we humans are complex so is the definition of health. Every medical profession has their own definition. In part 1 of  “what is health” we discussed the allopathic definition of health and the 6 stages of disease manifestation. In this episode, we look at the Ayurvedic definition of health. Ayurveda looks to the Sanskrit word svastha to define health. Svastha means ;to be established in the Self”.  It leaves us with a philosophical debate on what health entails. Another way to describe health comes from one of the ancient Ayurvedic texts called Sushruta Samhita. The definition goes like this. sama doṣāh samāgniś ca sama dhātu mala kriyaḥ prasannātmendriya manāḥ svastha ityabidhīyate Sushruta Samhita, 15.38 One who is established in Self, who has balanced doshas (of Vata, Pitta and Kapha), balanced agni (digestive fire), properly formed dhātus (tissues), proper elimination of malas (waste products), well functioning bodily processes, and whose mind, soul, and senses are full of bliss, is called a healthy person. To find out what this exactly means, listen to this episode. Health is wealth Two Ayurvedic definitions of health The complexity of what it means to be healthy Svastha = to be established in the Self The capital S self = our higher Self, our undying self; the place where we have access to our power The small S self = our lower self, it’s our ego self Visit my Website Join me on Facebook Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

16mins

26 May 2018

Rank #12

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Episode #49: Unravel your sexuality, clear what trips you up

Our sexuality, creativity, vital life force energy and the way we digest trauma are intrinsically interlinked. Krista Woroschuk and I shoot the breathe on how we can arrive in our bodies, unravel our sexuality and unleash our creative potential. What you get from tuning in: The link between trauma, vital life force energy and sexuality    5 Strategies to drop into the body to release trauma and access your sexuality and vital life force energy    Debunking the myth about women becoming less sexually desirable after 40    What is trauma and when are we most impressionable to it    How holding on to stories prevents us from healing our emotions    The relationships between emotions, sexuality and water element    The women’s movement of marrying yourself Visit my Website Join my private Facebook Group Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

53mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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Episode #28: Your food, your mindset, your reality

Food is about more than just taste. Food is nourishment for the five layers of our being. It impacts not only your physical body, but our minds, emotions and spirit as well. Many factors play a role: the prana or lifeforce in the food, the quality of the soil, the attitude of the cook and the mindset with which we eat our food. Shifting  your attention away from solely tasting food to asking yourself  “how does my body want to be nourished today” and “how does earth intent to nourish me today” provides for a completely different approach and culinary experience. Food can either facilitate connection or it can hinder it. Food can make us feel deeply connected, nourished and loved. It can either make us feel alive or dead. As Dr. Seuss said: “If we eat dead food, we feel deadened”. I add: “If we eat alive food, we feel alivened”. Alec and I rap around the idea of food facilitating an experience of life. And who better to talk to than Alec, who is not only a culinary artist but also a yogi who is tapped into the subtler realms of existence.   What you get from tuning in: How to choose food for it’s resonance rather than solely for its taste How to satisfy cravings The 5 sheaths of our existence and how we can feed them How the attitude and attention of the cook impacts your food and body How mindset about eating food impacts your level of nourishment 3 simple practices to make food more wholesome When IM-balanced, we crave what keeps us OUT of balance. When  IN balance, we crave what keeps us IN balance. What do you need to feel nourished? Visit my Website Join me on Facebook Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

53mins

13 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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Episode #47: How to heal childhood trauma without drugs

The Healing is the personal story of Saeeda Hafiz and a true page-turner. Saeeda is an African American woman who grew up in impoverished conditions and an abusive family. Her idea out of misery was to uplevel herself into the middle class. While having been successful career wise in most people’s perception, she yearned for more. A cooking class opened her eyes to more than just the normal sense of success. She started exploring natural healing methods, in particular food as medicine and yoga as a pathway to more happiness. Saeeda discovered that being truly happy is not only about having more money and a better career but that releasing undigested thoughts, feelings and traumas from the past are a crucial component to being joyful at the core. Yoga and her food choices led the way.   What you get from tuning in: The real life story of how Saeeda transformed her life from trauma to happiness Inspiration on how food is a powerful medicine to shift you out of trauma Sugar – the ally that keeps you stuck Yoga as the pathway to shifting out of unhealthy relationship patterns 3 top qualities for transforming bad experiences into acceptance The gem of the present moment Purchase the book The Healing on Amazon here. It’s a great read. Visit my Website Join my private Facebook Group Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

44mins

3 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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Episode #40: The 3 biggest reasons why we don’t invest in ourselves

Most of us have no concept around what it means to invest in ourselves. You may have invested in your career or maybe in a house but have you truly invested in yourself? I venture to say that most people SPEND on themselves but not INVEST. Hahh? What’s the difference? You will find out in this podcast and way more on what is holding you back from creating more happiness and joy in your life. You can read more on this on my blog “The 3 biggest reasons why we don’t invest in ourselves & how we can” What you get from tuning in: The difference between investing and spending on yourself What you get from investing in yourself The 3 biggest reasons that is holding you back from investing in yourself The Hell Yes concept The top tool I use to decide what to invest in Visit my Website Join my private Facebook Group Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

29mins

26 Sep 2018

Rank #16

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Episode #36: Cracking the anxiety code

18% of the US population suffers from generalized anxiety. That’s almost 1/5 of the population. That’s huge. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet less than 40% of those suffering receive treatment. Hand in hand with anxiety often comes depression. Yikes. I had severe anxiety in my early to mid 20s, too. So did Jamie. We have walked the path and came out the other end way more grounded and self confident. Jamie used to be on anti- depressants and was frequently so anxious she would cancel a yoga class she was scheduled to teach last minute. Looking at Jamie today, you see a firm and empowered woman across the table. Yoga and Ayurveda offer simple, low cost and no-side-effect tools. We share with you what worked and still works for us. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”  Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation   What you get from tuning in: The difference between constructive vs. crippling anxiety The mental attitude you need to adopt to emerge from your anxiety How Jamie weaned off her anti-anxiety medication and how you might be able to do it too The vortex of healing vs the vortex of disease The role of Yoga and Ayurveda in generalized anxiety The traits of anxiety Vulnerability as a pathway out Visit my Website Join my private Facebook Group Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

50mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #17

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Episode #30: What is Health? No really, what is it? …part 1

What is health. No really, what is it? We throw around the term all the time. You probably wish for abundant health at major junctions in your live. At birthdays, new year, whenever someone asks you. But do you ever stop to think what it really means to be well and what it all entails? Pause right now and think: What does health mean to YOU? What words would YOU choose to describe it. The definition of health from the  Western medicine perspective is “the absence of symptoms” or “the absence of disease”.  Kind of a dry perspective if you ask me. And the question arises what kind of symptoms we are talking about? Those symptoms that jump right at your face? Those that cause me so much pain, they are hard to ignore? And do we include those that are so subtle we hardly notice them? And what about symptoms in the mind? Are they included? Many questions, I know. I attempt to answer them by outlining to you the 6 stages of disease as they are taught in Ayurveda. Knowing these six stages helped me a lot to place where I am at on my healing journey and what measures I needed to take to get me back to balance. There are degrees or levels of feeling well. Have you noticed? What you get from tuning in: The definition of health from the Western medical perspective The 6 stages of disease What symptoms are related to each of the six stages When to plug into those stagest to create health How long it takes to reverse the disease process Visit my Website Join me on Facebook Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

19mins

9 May 2018

Rank #18

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Episode #35: Healing Autoimmune Disease & Cancer, part 2

This is part 2 or my heartwarming and inspiring conversation with Sam Norman about her lifelong healing crisis with autoimmune disease and thyroid cancer. She has shifted from rock bottom to a place of peace, acceptance and deep inner healing. At the expense of repeating myself, here is what Sam’s journey is about: When you look at Sam Norman today you would never guess that she has endured over 30 years of chronic health crisis. Since the first year of her life, she has been in constant companionship of doctors. At age 1, she was diagnosed with severe digestive challenges. Hashimoto’s disease was diagnosed at age 13, a vascular autoimmune diagnosis came at age 27, thyroid cancer at 31. She has had seven surgeries throughout her life including a brain surgery at age 9. She was convinced several  times that she was going to die. Her case was so interesting, the doctors asked her to be a “case study”. She agreed but started feeling like a number. Growing up in a loving family of medical practitioners, with  her parents being an MD and a nurse, her treatment plan included all but Western medical protocols until the age of 21. Western medicine saved her life yet she was far from being healed. When she got the cancer diagnosis at age 31 she hit rock bottom. And the only place to go when you sink that low is to rise up. Cancer led her to seek out other avenues for support, other healing methods, a different viewpoint. What she yearned for was to been seen, to be asked “How is Sam?” Tune in to hear Sam’s heartwarming, and incredible story of healing. If Sam can heal, so can you!   What you get from tuning in: How a Western Doctor healed his severely mentally diseased patients with a traditional Hawaiian practice Aligning with life vs disease The difference between treating a disease vs. healing it How to know you have been healed The power of following your deep inner guidance vs the order of your doctor The mental record of “you could do better’ and the role of self love The vibratory levels of emotions The necessity of embracing your emotions Visit my Website Join my private Facebook Group Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

38mins

18 Jul 2018

Rank #19

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Episode #45: Simple, everyday Ayurvedic cooking for a peaceful mind

If you are like most people eating healthy and well is high on your new year’s resolution list. Is it? That’s not surprising. After all, good food is a foundational piece to lasting health and happiness. With bad food we feel blah, bloaty, uninspired. Who wants that? With good food we feel uplifted and inspired. I attest to it. Well, I hate to break the news to you, but if you want to feed yourself well, home cooked food is essential for a peaceful and harmonious mind … and a vibrant body of course. Are you cringing? Does cooking at home sound like a whole lot of work? Hold your horses and read on … If you are a person who eats out a lot you have very little control about what goes into your body (and mind). Restaurants typically get their ingredients from big suppliers who give a d&*% about where they source their food from. The main goal is to keep costs down so you can eat affordably. It’s likely that you eat artificial ingredients,  hormone fed beef and unorganic lettuce. Those ingredients ain’t creating ease and peace. When eating out, you also have no control over the emotions that go into your food. Yep that’s right? The emotions of the cook go right into your food. And having worked in restaurants, I know what a stressful environment kitchens are. How is that creating a peaceful mind for the eater? Check out my conversation with Alec Hurley on that. When cooking at home you have way more control over what goes into your body. Now, if you are anything like me you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. I am way into simple, easy and delicious. That’s why I talked to Kate O’Donnell who has written two Ayurvedic cookbooks. They are filled with simple recipes that take less than 30 min to prep, are  nourishing and tasty. Yahoo Kate. Well done. I chat with Kate about the ins and out of everyday cooking and how it impacts our minds. What you get from tuning in: The 3 states of the mind The types of food that create harmony in the mind Why seasonal eating makes sense The impact of cookies and holiday treats on the mind Inspiration that cooking can be simple and time saving How to overcome food cravings … using the fire boys Visit my Website Join my private Facebook Group Watch the free video series 5 secrets to a Better Menopause Upgrade your body experience. Apply for Body Joy

43mins

6 Dec 2018

Rank #20