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A Healthy Curiosity

Exploring strategies for holistic health, happiness, and personal evolution: what it takes to be well in a busy world. Blending the wisdom of Chinese Medicine, functional medicine, Ayurveda, neuroscience and psychology, you'll get practical tips you can use right away. 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, a holistic health coach, 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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Now displaying: November, 2019
Nov 20, 2019

In a busy world that seems to demand more and more of our attention everyday, falling asleep can often be a challenge. If you find yourself in this wired-tired state, Catherine Polan Orzech offers some great insight into how we can practice mindfulness throughout our day in order to get better sleep.

By building a compassionate interest in ourselves, we can begin to treat ourselves with more friendliness and avoid creating additional layers of suffering for ourselves in the times when sleep just isn't happening. That shift towards non-judgment, stemming from a mindfulness practice, goes a long way towards setting ourselves up to feel better and sleep better.

 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • A quick energy integrity inquiry practice
  • How Catherine got onto this track of mindfulness based help for insomnia
  • The feedback loop of sleeping better and meditating better
  • What she learned in the process of writing her book that surprised her
  • How she defines mindfulness and why we all have the capacity do it

Catherine Polan Orzech is the author of "Mindfulness for Insomnia." She is on faculty at OHSU Center for Women's Health and is an expert in mindfulness based interventions. Catherine has been involved in the field of mind/body healing for over 20 years. She offers mindfulness and compassion-based individual, couple and family therapy in her private practice setting. She specializes in working with ways to alleviate anxiety, depression, the struggles felt in difficult relationships, chronic and serious illness, loss and grief.

 

Links:

Episode 47: Sleep Science with Dr. Michael Breus

Episode 42: Taming Your Inner Critic with Catherine Polan Orzech, MA, LMFT

Dr. Bill Moorcroft

Jon Katbat-Zinn

Connect With Catherine:

Website

Catherine’s Book

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Nov 6, 2019

Anxiety has surpassed depression as the number one mental illness in the US. Could our food and missing amino acids be part of the reason why?  

Trudy Scott is an expert in the food-mood connection and she shares some different ways to look at how the things that we put in our mouths affect our physical and mental health. If we can look at our symptoms of anxiety as an opportunity to be in a respectful dialogue with our bodies, we can begin to hone in on the different sources of anxiety, such as low serotonin or low GABA. 

On today’s episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How Trudy's own anxiety led her down this path
  • Why a vegetarian diet was detrimental for her
  • What the differences between low serotonin and low GABA anxiety are
  • The connection between neurotransmitter deficiencies and gut health
  • The social anxiety disorder known as pyroluria 

 

Links:

Pyroluria

Professor Felice Jacka

Dr. Navaz Habib

Connect With Trudy:

Website

Anxiety Nutrition Institute

The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution by Trudy Scott

Register for The Anti-Anxiety Summit 5

Download Trudy’s Free Guide on Anxiety

The Anxiety Summit 5 Order Page

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