Nutrition Podcast


She laid on the floor sobbing, wondering if it was time to end her life. Not something you’d expect to hear from the now healthy, happy and successful Cynthia Pasquella. She’s a dear friend of mine who used to have chronic fatigue syndrome and other health issues. But I had no idea she had to overcome so many challenges.

In this podcast, we went deep into the questions that everyone must confront in order to change their health:

  • Have you ever wondered “Why me?”
  • Have you asked the question “Am I worth it?”
  • Or thought “What’s my WHY in this life?”

If you are anything like Jordan and I, the day will come when you do.

And there are all kinds of other mindset issues that will pop up as you begin your healing process like:

  • Do I really love myself?
  • Do I trust the process?
  • Do I deserve to be healthy?

In order to have a health transformation, you will have to change the way you think. It’s as simple as that. Take new actions in diet, lifestyle, supplements and mindset.

Which is why this podcast is so powerful. I’m actually in the middle of the 7-day exercise Cynthia gives in the podcast… and all I can say is wow – but more on that in the actual show.

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Jennifer Fugo

Today, I’m excited to have a guest on to talk about saving money, shopping, and how to eat healthy without breaking the bank.

I know when I went from eating the Standard American Diet to the Gluten-Free Diet, and then to actually eating a real food diet (SCD), I noticed that my expenses kept going up and up and up. I’m a big Dave Ramsay guy, and I track my money, and I know that right now I’m spending on average about $1,000 per month to feed myself and my two kids a real food diet and it’s expensive.

So, I have Jennifer Fugo on the show to talk about how we can save some money. I met Jennifer when she interviewed us early last year and I’ve been looking forward to having her on the podcast to talk about saving money in general, because when we’re eating real food diets it’s typically a pretty expensive choice.

Jennifer is the founder of Gluten Free School and she teaches gluten sensitive individuals simple, savvy and empowering steps to get healthy. She’s been living gluten-free since 2008 after a gluten sensitivity diagnosis. And she knows what it feels like to be overwhelmed by the cost and the complicated aspects of making the choice to eat real food. She’s a sought after expert, she has been featured on Dr. Oz, Yahoo News, eHow, CNN, Philadelphia Magazine and she now has an amazing new book, which we’re going to talk about, called The Savvy Gluten-Free Shopper: How to Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank.

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If you’re an avid reader of ours, you know that I used to be 60 pounds heavier. In fact, when I shared my before and after pictures here, I had several friends ask if that was really me (it is). When I first started this health journey, I just wanted to get rid of my gas and bloating. But as soon as that pain was gone, I started to focus on total health including losing all my extra fat, skin issues and brain problems.

One struggle I had that I don’t talk about nearly enough is my relationship with food. I grew up in a “sweets” house and ended up developing a toxic overeating and stress eating problem. I’ve had to re-establish my relationship with food and work at it from several angles.

It’s really easy to begin to hate food when it causes you digestive pain or doesn’t make you happy like it used to. That’s why I think it’s always a good idea to honor our relationship with food and how it impacts our weight and health. In today’s podcast I dive into this for a bit. But for the rest of it, Abel James, from, shares some awesome insights about fat loss and how the model industry tricks us into creating fake body image goals.

I met Abel a few months ago and we clicked on quite a few topics. And for good reason. He’s one of the most sought after people in the fat loss industry and it just so happens to be that he has the #1 rated health podcast in iTunes.

If you’re looking to lose fat and curious about your relationship to your body and food, then this podcast is for you.

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Pic of Christa Orecchio

It all started with a chance meeting in a stretch limo.

Soon we were deep in conversation about stool testing and parasites (my go-to topic when I meet beautiful women).

Once she started talking about ways to help people get off Prednisone I knew we had to record a podcast together.

Christa Orecchio is a Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Counselor, and Founder and Owner of

What I love about her is that her approach is clinical with a functional medicine spin, so like us, she’s always looking to get to the root cause of whatever is going on with someone’s health.

She’s been in private practice for the past eight years helping people heal using food as medicine, and I’m always excited to talk to practitioners about what’s working and not working out there in real life.

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It’s thought that 90% of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, so why aren’t more people talking about this common problem? Thyroid hormones affect every single cell in the body, including the digestive tract cells. So, if you want ideal digestion, you have to have optimal thyroid hormones.

The frustrating problem is that the thyroid gland is regulated by complex feedback systems that can make supplementing with more hormones alone an unsatisfactory solution. As we discuss in this podcast, fixing thyroid issues is really like peeling an onion back. Each layer that you peel back reveals more issues to correct. At times, this can be disheartening. But as you’ll hear from this podcast, starting with thyroid problems can lead you back to all the root causes of your health issues.

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