Join me on my bi-weekly podcast as I explore mindfulness, nutrition, movement, and share the stories of other breast cancer survivors and how they got back to life after breast cancer.
#13 Women Guiding Women
I had so much fun doing this week’s episode with Randal Snyder, Co Manager of Women Guiding Women Cancer Education and Support at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.
Listen in to hear about all of the amazing support programs offered here, even if you’re not a patient at this hospital.
Randal and Susie Garrison manage the Breast Cancer mentor program that helped me so much when I was diagnosed and that I became a mentor when I was eligible.
In this episode you’ll hear what mentors do, what social, educational and support programs Todd Cancer delivers to the community. You’ll also hear how to get a mentor, become a mentor and how to have fun supporting these vitally important programs.
Did you ever wish there was a way for you to support cancer programs without having to walk for miles? How about wine tasting, shopping, free lunch and a chance to win tons of gift cards? Sound good? Listen in for how you can do it for under $40.
#12 A Love Affair With Sugar, How to End a Toxic Relationship
We love our sugar and for good reason, our brain tells us that it makes us feel good, which is why it’s so difficult to break up with this potentially harmful ingredient.
In this episode, I talk about my own love affair with sugar how I got it out of my life and the science that tells us why, especially as cancer survivors, we should consider making sugar a distant relative rather than a long-term roommate in our homes and in our diets.
This break up is not easy because we literally crave these sweet, shiny little crystals, but there are ways to overcome the desire for sugar that aren’t as tough as you might think.
Listen in and take your relationship with sugar to a level that’s healthy for you.
#11 How Am I Supposed to Know What to Eat?
While attending the IDEA World Nutrition and Behavior change summit two weeks ago, I was struck by how conflicting and confusing all of the information on nutrition must be for anyone for doesn’t research and learn about this field on a regular basis.
In this episode, I cut to the chase and talk about simple ways to figure out what’s right for you, respect but, perhaps discard other people’s opinions of what you should eat be eating, and throw out labeling yourself and your diet for good.
Listen in and discover how to create your personalized nutrition plan that leaves you feeling good and NOT guilty!
#10 Survivor Interview with Ronda Salazar
In this interview, you’ll hear the incredible story of Ronda Salazar and how a serendipitous event hurled her into the world of breast cancer.
Ronda’s story is one of strength and inspiration as she moves through the role of breast cancer patient to the role of survivor, mentor, and composer. You’ll hear how this talented woman translated her experience with cancer into a musical CD, that gives back to other cancer patients. You’ll even hear one of her favorite songs which I know will touch your heart and inspire you to want to hear more.
You’ll hear how this talented woman translated her experience with cancer into a musical CD, that gives back to other cancer patients. You’ll even hear one of her favorite songs which I know will touch your heart and inspire you to want to hear more.
This episode is longer than usual but it’s worth every minute.
#9 Survivor Interview with Gail Matthews
In honor of celebrating my 6th year of surviving breast cancer, I reached out to other survivors and asked them to share their unique stories to motivate and inspire other survivors.
This interview is with 11-year Army veteran, and mother of four, Gail Matthews. When I first spoke with Gail I was touched by her sense of compassion and gentleness.
When I heard her story, I was moved by her honesty, and I thought that hearing about how she dealt with fear and how she stood up for herself during breast cancer treatment is something that other survivors could understand and identify with.
More than anything else though, I love the way Gail has come through treatment with an even bigger heart that is open to seeing and connecting to the needs of others with a belief that we need to be good to ourselves and give more hugs!
I know you’ll enjoy listening to this lovely woman.
#8 Five Facts You Need to Know about Ketogenic Diets for Breast Cancer Recovery
In this episode, Laura talks about the history of the ketogenic diet and how it has been found to benefit an array of health issues including cancer. She points to 5 important ways that the ketogenic diet can benefit breast cancer survivors and then 5 easy ways to implement this diet into your life.
If you want to learn about an additional, scientifically proven way to support your breast cancer recovery and to shed some extra body fat. You won’t want to miss this episode.
#7 Weight Management After Breast Cancer Treatment
The struggle is real
Laura shares her story with weight gain and the struggle to get back to a healthy weight after breast cancer treatment. She shares her trials, her frustrations, and her successes with trying different approaches to finding a nutrition plan that works. She also shares how to keep a positive attitude and find the tenacity to keep pressing forward with weight management goals.
Finally, Laura introduces an approach that not only is effective but easy to follow and science has shown that it is beneficial in supporting the body in resisting cancer.
If weight management has been a struggle for you since finishing chemotherapy, radiation or using tamoxifen or other hormonal therapies, don’t give up. You are not alone and there may be an approach that will help you without forcing you into a life of deprivation and calorie counting.
# 6 Take What You Need
Do you continually spend time, money and energy looking for external resources that will help you live a healthier life?
What if you could spend a few minutes a day tuning into yourself to understand what your needs are, and what you need to do to fulfill those needs?
In this episode, Laura talks about a simple practice that you can do daily that will move you along the road of understanding what you need and opening yourself to accepting the action you need to take for your health and peace of mind.
You don’t even have to strap on your gym shoes!
#5 Two Habits You Must Break to Create A Healthier Lifestyle
Healthy habits at their most basic foundation include making good choices with nutrition and exercise, but that’s just the beginning. A healthy lifestyle encompasses that and your relationships, your thinking, how and when you eat, when and what type of exercise you do, and how you think of and treat yourself through thoughts and actions. In this week’s episode, we look at two habits that are common to just about everyone and how they create a downward spiral of making unhealthy choices. Breaking these tow habits will change the way you feel about yourself and take the stress out of living a healthy lifestyle.
In this week’s episode, we look at two habits that are common to just about everyone and how they create a downward spiral of making unhealthy choices. Breaking these two habits will change the way you feel about yourself and take the stress out of living a healthy lifestyle.
One of these habits is especially common to breast cancer survivors, including me, as we learn to live in a new version of our body.
#4 Joy in Food, Movement, and Life
In this episode, we talk about choosing joy in life on a daily basis by increasing our awareness of what we eat and how we eat and how we eat it. Looking at how food and exercise make us happy and examining our own worth and how we value the things that are important to our soul like practicing gratitude, treating ourselves well and pursuing our dreams. Sometimes we have to take an honest look at what we say brings us joy to find that it really brings us more pain. Grab your green beer on this St. Patricks Day episode and join Laura in discovering more joy in everything you do.
#3 Interview with Erin Sommerville, Mind-Body Oncology Coach
In this episode, we meet Erin Sommerville, Mind, Body Oncology Coach at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Erin has worked in the field of mind-body healing with cancer patients and recovering cancer patients for nearly 3 decades. Her work has taken her all around the world with the Simonton Cancer Center and in delivering her own program, Happiness Heals. Join us for this delightful conversation on finding your joy and in doing so, healing your body.
#2 Train Your Brain to Think Healthier Thoughts
Training your brain to catch yourself when you’re thinking in ways that create anxiety rather than health is the first step in having a positive and healthy mindset, and a positive mindset is part of a healthy lifestyle as well as a tool in reducing your risk of breast cancer recurrence. However, that’s easier said than done. In this episode, Laura teaches you a simple trick to train your brain to be aware of when your thoughts are going in the wrong direction and how to bring them back before they make you sick.
#1 Let Your Lifestyle be Your Medicine
In this episode, you’ll learn about Laura’s experience with breast cancer and how her background as a fitness professional, yoga teacher and Clinical Ayurveda Specialist led her on a journey to becoming a Healthy Lifestyle Coach who specializes in supporting other breast cancer survivors to create their healthiest lives.