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A Healthy Curiosity

Exploring self-care strategies, personal evolution, Chinese Medicine, and what it takes to be well in a busy world. You know that health and happiness aren’t things you can outsource. You’ve also got a full plate, and making the time to take care of yourself can be challenging. A Healthy Curiosity is here to support you. Host Brodie Welch, L.Ac., is an expert in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, as well as a teacher and practitioner of qi gong, meditation, yoga, lifestyle and diet counseling who tries to walk her talk about health and mindfulness as a recovering Type-A, parent, and business owner. You'll find interviews with fellow experts in Chinese Medicine and natural health care about the conditions we treat and strategies we use clinically; simple self-care tips to help you feel calm, centered, and energized; and personal chats where we explore what gets in the way of our best intentions: perfectionism, big goals, habits and routines, chronic pain, overwork and overwhelm, boundaries, limiting beliefs — and what it takes to overcome such obstacles mindfully.
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Mar 29, 2017

What’s in your first aid kit? If all you’ve got is band-aids, antibiotic ointment, NSAIDs, and antihistamines, you could be missing out.

In Episode 40, Brodie talks with Tiffany Carole Pollard, MS, L.Ac., LMP, about how to use essential oils for first aid. Tiffany is currently in Sri Lanka preparing property for a retreat she’s creating, and she’s been glad to have her essential oils travel kit to aid in healing from ailments ranging from cuts and bruises to allergies to indigestion and beyond.

 

In this episode, we explore:

  • 6 (+) essential oils to keep in your first aid kit
  • Various maladies that can be cured or curbed using essential oils
  • The various uses for essential oils both inside AND outside the body
  • “As without, so within”

 

Resources:

Tiffany’s Website

E-mail Tiffany

Mar 22, 2017

We’ve all heard of stress eating and emotional eating, but could you be exhaustion-eating?

In Episode 39, Brodie talks with Katrina Ubell, MD, a pediatrician turned certified life and weight loss coach, about the ways mindfulness can be a helpful aid in the weight loss journey. Katrina lost 50 pounds using a variety of weight loss methods, but when she reflects on the process, mindfulness and truly listening to her body really stuck out as catalysts for success. She’s now a full-time coach for busy physicians, as well as the producer of the podcast Weight Loss for Busy Physicians.

 

In this episode, we explore:

 

  • Different kinds of needs we try to suppress with food
  • The ways mindfulness can help us understand our cravings
  • How our cultural food habits don’t align with the way our metabolisms evolved
  • The ways group programs can add an extra layer of support to weight loss

 

Resources:

 

Katrina’s Website

Katrina’s Facebook Page

Katrina’s Podcast

Brodie’s Inner Knowing Healthy Eating Meditation – a tool for those looking to lose weight but encountering difficulty on the journey

Mar 15, 2017

In Episode 38, Brodie talks with Jodi Cohen, NTP about the power of essential oils and aromatherapy. Jodi first discovered essential oils after going through an emotionally strenuous time in her life, and the practical knowledge she garnered during her healing journey spurred her to found her aromatherapy and essential oils company, Vibrant Blue Oils.

 

In this episode, we explore:

 

  • The biochemistry behind our sense of smell
  • The function of the amygdala
  • A few essential oils and their various uses
  • The power of intuition in aromatherapy

 

Resources:

Jodi’s Website, Vibrant Blue Oils

Vibrant Blue Oils on Facebook

Mar 8, 2017

 Did you know just 8 weeks of a bodymind practice can change the way your brain is wired, helping you to stay calm and make sound decisions?

 

In Episode 37, Brodie shares a piece she wrote for Huffington Post about 10 reasons to get to know Qi Gong, plus some great research proving the efficacy of qi gong in keeping us healthy.

 

In this episode, we explore:

 

  • What qi gong means
  • How qi gong differs from yoga
  • Health benefits of qi gong
  • Research on the effectiveness of qi gong

 

 

Resources:

12 Treasures: Your Movement Multivitamin – Brodie’s learn-from-home qi gong course

Brodie's Huffpost article: 10 Reasons to Get to Know Qigong: Yoga’s Less Popular Cousin

Mar 1, 2017

When it comes to making changes in your own life, it’s really easy to set yourself up – for success or for failure.

In Episode 36, Brodie shares some lessons she learned last week at a Yoga Coaching Conference about growth: what’s helpful, what’s not, who’s helpful, and what you can do to set yourself up for success. The way we design our lives can have a huge effect on how much we can do and how closely we’re aligned with who we want to be.

In this episode, we explore:

 

  • The natural genius
  • The five people who shape who we are
  • Accountability buddies

 

Resources:

Basics of Chinese Medicine: Your Inner Ecosystem

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