Mental, Emotional, and Environmental Stressors

Holistic Health Bites podcast with Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson featuring Rachel Headings discussing underlying stressors
Rachel detailed her struggles with numerous health issues from a young age, leading her on a path to functional medicine. She overcame challenges by addressing root causes through diet and lifestyle changes. She explained how chronic stress keeps the body in a constant "fear" state, impacting cells and health over time. Mental, emotional and environmental stressors all contribute to dysregulation of the HPA axis and stress response. 

Rachel recommended starting each day with solo time to self-regulate the nervous system and reduce stress-driven behaviors. Other tips included identifying stress signs, using supplements to calm the stress response, and prioritizing rest. For those experiencing burnout, she stressed the need to completely stop all activities and prioritize self-care and rest through nutrition, movement, social support and relaxing activities to allow the body to heal from chronic stress. 

Rachel suggested small, sustainable lifestyle shifts like improving morning routines, food choices, movement habits and mindset to take control of health, focusing first on nervous system support before addressing other issues. By gaining self-awareness and writing personalized wellness goals, one can gain freedom from past limitations. Journaling, expressing emotions and self-love help reprogram thoughts for ongoing mental and physical optimization.

DIET for Wellness: How Thoughts Shape Your Health

Holistic Health Bites podcast by Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson with guest Thais Harris, Holistic Nutritionist, speaking about self love on the journey to ideal health

In this episode of the Holistic Health Bites podcast, holistic nutritionist Thais Harris shares insights on integrating self-love into the journey toward ideal health. Thais emphasizes the critical role of self-love, distinguishing it as a practice that nurtures self-esteem and acceptance through mindfulness and present-moment awareness. Her approach underscores the importance of valuing oneself without conditions, a principle that has guided her both personally and professionally.

Through her work with women and cancer patients, Thais discovered how a deepened sense of self-love, extending beyond mere mindfulness, can significantly enhance health outcomes. She shares intimate details of her own battle with skin cancer, revealing how self-love practices such as mirror work, positive affirmations, and gratitude light-beam visualization played crucial roles in her healing process. Despite undergoing surgery, Thais credits these self-love practices with facilitating recovery and managing recurrences, highlighting their power in fostering resilience and acceptance.

Expanding on the concept of "DIET" as the daily intake of all influences—including thoughts, media, movement, and environment—Thais and her husband have observed how small, love-guided choices can profoundly impact one's health. This holistic perspective encourages listeners to reconsider their approach to health and well-being, emphasizing the transformative potential of self-love in achieving optimal health.

Creating a Beautiful Brain

Creating a beautiful brain featuring Louise Swartswalter on the Holistic Health Bites podcast by Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson
Louise shared her personal experience with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, and how she became a brain expert through holistic healing. She shared how to identify and manage distractions or obstacles that might hinder intentions or goals. We also discussed the concept of taking on the energies of others, particularly parents, and how this can impact one's sense of self. Additionally, we explored the idea of utilizing Mind Gems to influence energy fields and past relationships.

Stop Yo-Yo Dieting with Lisa Goldberg

Stop Yo-Yo Dieting with Lisa Goldberg; a Holistic Health Bites podcast interview by Functional Nutritionist Andrea NIcholson
Check out the latest Holistic Health Bites podcast interview featuring Lisa Goldberg, a nutrition and weight loss expert. Lisa emphasized the importance of habit, behavior, and mindset change in weight loss, rather than just altering the type of food consumed. She also highlighted the psychological and societal factors that contribute to overeating and poor eating habits. The conversation underscored the importance of mindful eating, distinguishing between physical hunger and other reasons for eating, and the impact of mindset on habits and behaviors.

How do you stay motivated?

In this podcast episode, Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson discusses the difference between motivation and discipline when it comes to maintaining healthy habits. She explains that motivation is unreliable because it is a feeling that comes and goes. Instead, she relies on discipline, which is taking action regardless of how you feel. By prioritizing what her body needs over what she feels like, Nicholson is able to make choices that serve her health and well-being. She emphasizes that results come with discipline, not motivation, and encourages listeners to start with small steps and be mindful of their decisions and actions. Ultimately, she believes that by cultivating discipline and intentionality, individuals can achieve their goals and maintain long-term results.
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