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Jun 14, 2015

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We already know that unhealthy relationships are bad for our health.

But how do we make our good relationships better? 

How do we experience more intimacy, joy, communication and shared experiences with those people closest to us?


Luis Congdon is a relationship coach who has worked with over 300 couples. He worked on the nation's largest research project on marital success and parenting, and he currently hosts a podcast with his partner Kamala Chambers where they interview top relationship experts to learn more about creating positive, healthy, lasting love connections.


What We Talk About:

   How to keep the positive flow in your relationship

   How our intimate relationship impacts our health

   How to stop acting like employees in our household and have a little FUN

   The role of accountability in a successful relationship

   How to ask for the new results that we want

   The importance of touch

   The 6-second kiss and 8 hugs day – sign me up!

Jun 8, 2015

At age 40, author Tosca Reno found herself miserable, overweight, stuck in an unhappy marriage, and living an unfulfilled life. At 42, she found herself competing in her first bodybuilding contest. What happened in between is the stuff of legend.

Fit and radiant at age 56, Tosca Reno is the New York Times best selling author behind Your Best Body Now and the Eat Clean Diet Series. She is also a certified Nutritional Therapy practitioner, a fitness model, columnist, and a motivational speaker.

Tosca teaches others how to alter their eating habits, to lose or maintain weight, gain muscle, boost metabolism, increase energy and be happier, healthier people living with purpose.

Find all resources mentioned at

Have you connected with me on Facebook? We share lots of content, recipes, photos, motivation and more over there, so COME ON OVER. :-)


May 31, 2015

I believe that the nutrition and health messages we get from mainstream medicine are ALL wrong. - Amy Shah, M.D.

Dr. Amy Shah contacted me and asked if she could come on the show. Here's what she said:

"I am a double board certified medical doctor with one of the most successful practices in the country in Allergy/Immunology. I have trained at places like Harvard and Columbia. But about a year ago, I felt I needed more - I need to follow my calling into wellness and mind body medicine. Since then I started

I think we all need to think bigger in healthcare! Let’s use the power of nutrition and the wisdom of Eastern principles, and bring it together with the amazing technological advances of the modern day.

Let’s solve the problems of inflammation (such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, etc), and hormone imbalances TOGETHER."

She got my attention.

We talk about this disconnect between traditional Western medicine and the wellness movement, and a whole lot more. 


- Chronic inflammation - what is it and why should we care?

- How to feel 25 years old again - and for much longer

- Why the food of 50-75 years ago isn't comparable to the same foods today

- What foods are naturally healing to the body

- What supplements will Dr. Amy take, and why she prefers to "eat her vitamins"

Learn more and connect to all of the resources mentioned in the show at


May 24, 2015

Nichole Kellerman Wurth of Wildly Alive Weight Loss wants to live in a world where men and women actually enjoy the process of losing weight and connecting with their bodies.

She says:

•I believe simplicity is key to success.

•I believe you can inspire your partner to start living a healthy lifestyle with you.

•I believe you can feel 100% confident being naked around your partner - with the lights on! 

•I believe that by having more *FUN* in your life, you will lose weight and find balance.

•I believe your body is your strongest ally, and by listening to it and loving it unconditionally you'll get what you need.

Today we talk about how so many things can sabotage our path to wellness and happiness. Nichole shares how understanding our self-sabotage triggers and replacing them with practices of gratitude, confidence and *gasp* self-love, can truly make the difference.

Learn more at

May 19, 2015

5 Things We Think Are Healthy & They’re NOT

In this podcast, Ella goes a little ranty, Food Babe style, and shares 5 things that she used to think were healthy. She'll tell you some of what she's learned so that you can come to your own conclusions about what’s best for you. 

You’re going to want to visit the website for this one – Ella shares more than 15 additional resources for information seekers like you!


Do you want these tips in a downloadable & printable PDF? Easy! Just get on the email list – you can go to the Connect page or take the Ella Quiz




May 17, 2015

Ah, the dreaded bloat. 

If you're tired of looking like you’re 4 months pregnant by dinnertime, this show is for you. Sam Bearfoot, the Digestion Detective is telling us what we need to know to prevent and treat The Dreaded Bloat. 

What We Talk About: 

  How Sam's experiences as an IBS sufferer and kinesiologist led her to becoming The Digestion Detective and host of her own radio show in the UK 

  Why can Ella look 4 months pregnant even when she's at her fittest? (aarrrggghhhhh!)

  What is happening in our digestive track to cause the The Dreaded Bloat?

  What is SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)?

  Common food triggers for bloating 

  The main offenders - which food groups are the biggest issues for most people and what to do about it

  So you figured it out... now what?

  Simple tips that aren't related to WHAT you're eating, but HOW you're eating that can reduce bloating 

Find all resources mentioned at


We want to hear from you! Leave any questions for Sam Bearfoot or Ella in the comments and make sure you subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher Radio so that you automatically get new episodes.


PS - Have you connected with me on Facebook? We share lots of content, recipes, photos, motivation and more over there, so COME ON OVER. :-)


May 8, 2015

Join Ella in learning all about Intermittent Fasting from the expert, Dr. Sara Solomon

Intermittent Fasting: Eating one's daily intake of food in a condensed time frame to allow the body greater periods of rest, recovery and potential for fat burning.

Sara is talking to us about the "dos" and the "dont's," of intermittent fasting, what works for her, and what might work for you to increase fast loss, reduce craving and enhance performance (among other things). 

What We Talk About:

•Why Ella was scared to do this episode

•What is intermittent fasting (IF)?

•Who should NOT do intermittent fasting?

•Who should try IF?

•What are some of the different versions of intermittent fasting?

•Why does it work?

•Do you have to eat in a condensed window every day?

•What are some of the benefits beyond fat loss?

•Does what time you work out matter?

•What do baby steps look like for someone starting IF?

•What is carb back loading?

•How long / often does Dr. Sara work out?

Who is Dr. Sara?

Dr. Sara Solomon is the creator of the Fat Loss Fast System about intermittent fasting,  flexible dieting and HiiT Home Workouts. Her philosophy is "minimum effective dose to get results."

Sara earned both a DMD (she's a dentist!) and a B.Sc in Physiotherapy from McGill University. She is a writer and sponsored athlete for, the most visited bodybuilding and fitness website in the world. 

Learn more and get free resources at!

PS- have you connected with Ella on Facebook, yet? Lots of fun stuff happening there!

May 8, 2015

Paul Churchill of Recovery Elevator talks to us about the dependency and the links between sobriety and nutrition, exercise and healthy habits. Whatever your personal struggle or goal may be, Paul's tips apply to breaking bad habits and creating lasting change.

What We Talk About:

- Lifestyle changes that Paul has made to finally give up drinking for good

- Creating an environment of accountability - which works no matter what your goal is

- The routine Paul sets for himself to set up success every day..."Once I get out of one small routine it effects everything throughout the day; it’s a compound effect"

- How Paul got in the best shape of his life without trying to get into the best shape of his life

Minutes 0-10 are Announcements from Ella:

- The downloadable / printable PDFs for the Juicing, Travel and Cravings Tips are out! If you want your copy, get on the mailing list here or you can even Take the Quiz so I can help target more content for you 

- If you've already connected, make sure you check your spam folder for my email (get me out of there!!)

- Podcast Tip! You can listen to podcasts on 1.5x speed to save time. This is great for listening to everyone else’s show ;-) I tell you how in this episode.

- Your reviews in iTunes - I share some and thank all of you for paying it forward! 

- I just got back from vacation, so I'm doing some intermittent fasting to reset. If you want to know more about this, listen to episode 025 with Dr. Sara Solomon!

Learn More: and get over to Facebook to join our group there!

May 3, 2015

Thai Nguyen wants to help you uncover your Utopian Life

What We Talk About:

   Want to make a difference in the world?

   The 3 questions we need to ask ourselves:

                     What do I do with my life?

                     Why does it even matter?

                     How do I get there ?

   Why do some people never get going?

   What motivates YOU? Find your WHY.

   The power of "I choose" versus "I can’t"

   Replacing restriction with abundance

   How the Impostor Syndrome is holding you back

   The best way to overcome failure and achieve your goals


Thai was born in Vietnam and taken to live in a refugee camp in Indonesia before moving to Australia, where he resides today as the creator of The Utopian Life. In between, he’s managed to play Rugby at the National Championship in Canada, compete in Thai Boxing at the international level, work as a Professional Chef, and now pursue his Master's degree in Psychotherapy. He has overcome challenges of every sort with incredible persistence and commitment, and now his life’s focus is encouraging people like you to strive to find their unique purpose.


Want More Thai?

You can read more of Thai's work here:

   Huffington Post

   Mind Body Green

“I believe that everything you do in life is either an expression of who you truly are or a distraction from who you truly are. Discovering who you truly are is the burning question in everyone’s soul.” - Thai Nguyen

BONUS! Download Thai's Infographic at 024-find-your-purpose

Apr 29, 2015

This time of year, there's a lot of garbage out there about "Detoxing" and "Cleansing."

So how do you separate fact from fiction?

Dr. Jillian Teta is back with us to talk about the differences between detoxing and cleansing, and the things to keep in mind if you pursue your own "Spring Cleaning." 

What We Talk About

   Detox vs cleanse - what do they actually mean?

   Your body's "Big 5" paths to detoxification

   What helps and hurts your ability to detoxify

   Why you may need to try a cleanse, and how NOT to do it

   Dr. Jillian's take on the off-the-shelf "detox in a box" 

   When cleansing is a waste of time, money and effort 

   The one thing you MUST be doing before you pursue any cleanse

   How a practitioner can help you with a structured cleanse

   Her husband, Dr. Keoni Teta's take on the single best method to support continuous detoxification

Who is Dr. Jillian Teta?

Dr. Jillian is a medically-trained, naturopathic physician, the creator of the Fix Your Digestion gut restoration program and author of Natural Solutions for Digestive Health - a book that has been a huge success and has become a manual of sorts for anyone who has ever suffered from digestive distress, bloating, food intolerances, skin problems, digestive disorders, and people who simply want to achieve optimal gut health.


Visit for more!

Apr 27, 2015

Download your free Life Map Worksheet at before or after you listen to this episode!

What We Talk About:

•Kristen's journey from new mom who lost her husband, to quitting her corporate job and turning her passion into a business

•Stress is inevitable; how we manage it is our choice

•Work / Life Balance is bunk!

•The "Maestro Mindset"

•How you can use a Life Map to determine what you should focus on

•Stress isn’t just bad for your health, it contributes to aging, fat retention and relationship misery

•Motion does not equal progress

•How multi-tasking and procrastination are sabotaging your purpose

•Ella's continuous evolution from "over-busy" multi-tasker to non-crappy person

Kristen Brown is a renowned speaker, coach, widowed mom, award-winning entrepreneur and bestselling author of The Best Worst Thing: A Memoir, The Happy Hour Effect: Twelve Secrets to Minimize Stress and Maximize Life, and the forthcoming, The Entrepreneur Promise.


She is the founder of Happy Hour Effect, a company that helps people ignite their work and life, and in episode 022, she's telling us how to pull the plug on stress and distraction to plan a life with purpose.

All resources mentioned are available at


Apr 21, 2015

Do you want these tips in a downloadable & printable PDF? Easy! Just get on my email list – you can use the Connect page or Take the Quiz at


This bonus episode is about shutting down mindless eating and stopping cravings in their tracks. Most cravings only lasts between 5 and 20 minutes, so implement any of these tips and override that overeating autopilo (click to expand)


What to Consume Instead: 

1. BCAAs – Branch Chain Amino Acids - read about how they work to reduce cravings by decreasing your appetite, keeping your blood sugar steady, and reducing cortsiol levels here, or you can really geek out here 

2. L-Glutamine (amino acid supplement) - Many people swear by this supplement as a cravings killer. I like it because it's good for my gut, too.  This blog does a good job of explaining the science and includes references to the data.

3. Soluble fiber – I like mixing acacia fiber in a glass of water (you can also add to a smoothie) - here's why. Note: don't overdo it or it will clog you up!

4. Cocoa - go for unsweetened cacao powder and make a hot chocolate (just mix with warmed almond milk) or a delicious, super simple dessert like avocado pudding or any of these suggestions inspired by the Paleo community.


BONUS: The team over at Metabolic Effect recently launched a new product called Craving Cocoa that combines a lot of these ingredients (BCAA, fiber and cacao) all in one great mix! Get it here.

5. Dark chocolate – I like 85% and higher, but make sure the cacao content is at least over 70%. 

6. Fizzy water - I like seltzer/mineral water with lemon or lime added. Drink this first, then decide if you need the thing you were craving. 

7. Replacement treats - sometimes these will work to shut down those cravings. Pay attention to what works for you:

   Decaf coffee (or tea) after a meal (note: the nutritional police are still debating this one, but it works for me)

   1 glass (or 1/2 glass) of red wine after a meal 

   Have whatever you're craving PLUS a healthy treat. For example, chocolate with an apple; half that cupcake and a pear, etc.

   Paleo desserts - as mentioned above, make something yummy without a load of sugar in it. Just google "Paleo desserts" or scroll through my Facebook page for ideas. There are so many super easy things you can make in 5 minutes that are utterly satisfying and don't sabotage your wellness goals. 

What to DO instead:


   Brush your teeth and drink a tall glass of water

   Chew 100% Xylitol Gum or a super strong mint

   Get visual – keep a picture of you looking great or of something that makes you happy and reminds you of you at your best!  

   Get outside: breathe deeply (all the way down in your belly) and/or walk for 10-20 mins.  

   Do a 1-minute cardio blitz. For example, jump on a rebounder (mini-trampoline) or do 25 jumping jacks and 10 burpees right there in the kitchen - better yet, turn on some music and DANCE!

   Get naked. Or, just change clothes into something you love. Anything to be reminded of being in your body. 

   Or, just EAT IT, but don’t eat AROUND IT. For Pete's sake, it's just FOOD. Be the boss of it. Eat it, enjoy it and pat yourself on the back for not freaking out. Don't eat everything else in sight in order to avoid that thing you're craving.

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What Works for You? 

I want to know what works for you. Leave a comment, and don't forget to subscribe to the show in iTunes so you get all the latest episodes!


Find all resources mentioned at

Apr 16, 2015

"The way you eat. The way you play. The way you live. It’s all preparation for everything going right in your life."

I've been reading and following Mary, The Paleo Chef for awhile now, and she never ceases to impress me.  She is a woman of many talents, from food to business to mindset and relationships - and now she's talking to us about her recipe for a purposeful, fulfilling life: Eat Clean, Play Often, Crush Life. 

What We Talk About:

- How to be a bad ass like Mary

- What it means to EAT, PLAY, CRUSH

- How Mary went from a successful career in Silicon Valley to cooking and coaching celebrities 

- Freeze tag and roller blading - the keys to happiness?

- That time Mary ate an entire lasagna and 

- 5 Steps to Power: Balance, Intention, Manifestation, Freedom, Self-Mastery 

- Life is short and precious. Let's make the most of it, shall we?


"If you are going to assume an outcome about a risk, why not assume it will be brilliant?"

For daily #eatplaycrush inspiration and motivation, follow @paleochef on Instagram and Twitter.  

Resources Mentioned: get them all at

Apr 8, 2015

Dr. Jade Teta literally wrote the book on health and fitness. His uber-successful Metabolic Effect program has achieved international raves for its simplicity, effectiveness and impact. It's not a diet, it's THE outline for healthy eating, fitness and fat loss.

Dr. Jade took the time to walk us through the Metabolic Effect approach - with dozens of specific actions and tactics sprinkled throughout from his books, including the information he's only just sharing now in his new book, Lose Weight Here: The Metabolic Secret to Target Stubborn Fat and Fix Your Problem Areas.

So, take the time on this one. Come back and listen again. Pay attention, make notes. This might be the one thing you needed to move toward permanent change. 

What We Talk About:

   Dieter: NO. Detective: YES.

   Your best clues: Hunger, Energy, Cravings, Body Composition, Health Markers 

   How to make a change: where to start, what to do

   So, what do we eat?

   Specific food strategies that work for fat loss

   How to manage cravings

   Trigger foods vs buffer foods

   Calories: do they matter or not? (final answer!)

   So, can we eat fat, starch and sugar or not?

   Examples of small changes you can start making now for long term change

   What to order if you’re eating fast food

   Willpower vs Skillpower

   Jade’s Italian. He likes food. I just thought you should know this.

   How to apply “structured flexibility” to get where you want to go

   Exercise: As little as possible, as hard as possible, for the result you're seeking

   Jade’s “always order dessert” strategy

   The “As If” Jedi mind trick you can use to accomplish your goals

   How Jade travels without sabotaging his fitness

   Real Men take walks (chicks, too)

There's no such thing as "no time," there’s just "priority" and "non-priority." - Dr. Jade Teta

Resources We Mention:

   The 15-minute workout series: Metabolic Aftershock

   Jade's New Book: Lose Weight Here: The Metabolic Secret to Target Stubborn Fat and Fix Your Problem Areas

   And the absolute classic: The Metabolic Effect Diet: Eat More, Work Out Less, and Actually Lose Weight While You Rest


Who is Dr. Jade Teta?

Dr. Jade Teta is an integrative physician specializing in natural health, fitness and body transformation. He is the co-author of The Metabolic Effect Diet and Lose Weight Here. Dr. Jade has worked in the fitness and weight loss fields for over 20 years, and is the co-developer of the rest-based training system for personal training and group exercise. He is also the co-founder of the Naturopathic Health Clinic of North Carolina and of the health, fitness and international fat loss company, Metabolic Effect. His background in natural medicine, along with his fitness expertise, has defined his healthcare specialties of hormonal weight loss and functional medicine approaches to chronic disease.

Learn more at  

Apr 3, 2015

How do you show confidence when you’re not feeling it?

Blanca Cobb is sharing expert tips on how to master your body language in order to get what you want.

In this episode:

  • Why is Ella interviewing a Body Language expert?
  • Nervous? One simple maneuver to raise your testosterone and lower your cortisol 
  • We teach other people how to treat us!
  • How do we know how we’re being received and perceived?
  • How to know if you're a smash hit or a total bomb with your audience
  • Your feet are the most honest part of your body?!
  • What to do when you’re shy or uncomfortable making eye contact
  • Your 3 "POWER ZONES" and what to do with them
  • How to enter a party 
  • How do you know when someone’s really interested in you
  • One trick for establishing rapport quickly ("mirroring")
  • What your neck, belly button and crotch are telling the world. For real.

Learn more at  

Blanca Cobb, CEO of TruthBlazer, is a nationally recognized body language expert who uses her behavior analysis expertise and psychology background to get to the truth. Blanca is an in-demand media guest, speaker and coach who breaks down the complexities of human behavior to help people succeed in life. She’s been featured on HLN’s Dr. Drew On-Call, Good Morning America, CNN, USA Today, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC and the Today Show. Body language can infiltrate ALL aspects of life, and no topic is off-limits for Blanca!

Mar 29, 2015

Have you wanted to try juicing but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you're looking for tips and tricks to make delicious green juices that don't taste like “liquid salad?” I’ve got you covered in this bonus episode all about juicing!

We’re not talking about juice fasting, we’re talking about adding one green juice a day to your regime. But, first...

Why Juice?

Benefits of juicing at home:

• You can quickly and easily add multiple servings of veggies to your diet
• There's practically no digestion necessary
• The nutrients in juices hit the bloodstream pretty much immediately (<15 minutes)
• It's easy to consume vegetables that you might not yet be eating (collards, anyone?)
• The results. With juicing, you can see your skin start to benefit, your energy increase and your waistline benefit - all within a relatively quick period

In short, juicing vegetables is an incredibly efficient way to get nutrients into your body fast. And you already know that green leafy vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that give you optimal health and an immune system boost.

In this episode:

  • Which juicer should you get?
  • The most common mistakes in juicing
  • The best time of day to juice
  • Tips for saving time and money
  • The difference between juicing and blending
  • The ingredients that I won’t use when juicing
  • Beneficial ingredients to add for detox benefits
  • Ingredients that help to make your juice delicious instead of tasting like “liquid salad”
  • The order matters…1) leafy greens --> 2) soft fruits and veggies --> 3) hard fruits and veggies (the harder fruits and veggies helps push through any bits of leafy green that are stuck in the feeding tube of your juicer) 

I've put an enormous amount of free resources on this topic over at - check it out!

Mar 28, 2015

"You will never heal your body by starving it."        - Jonathan Bailor

You first heard me mention Jonathan Bailor’s name on episode 005 with Carrie Brown where we sang his praises and the praises of his book, The Calorie Myth. One of the reasons I’m such a fan is that encountering Jonathan’s work was one of the early and major steps in my wellness journey. Jonathan’s work, along with Carrie's recipes, truly helped me move from a diet-mindset to a conscious eating lifestyle.

Today he's sharing some of his findings with us in an effort to move us away from calorie-counting and toward a lifestyle that works.

Learn more at

Mar 25, 2015

On Confidence, Courage and Kicking Ass. 

You need to listen to this one. Twice.

Andrea Owen is a Certified Life Coach and author of 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS-Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve. She is also the creator of the Your Kick Ass Life blog and podcast. 

In her own words:

"For years I lived my life according to what (or whom) I thought could make me happy. Perfectionism, the need for control, and people pleasing ruled my life. And it wasn’t working out. The day I started living my life authentically, standing up for myself, speaking out about what I believed in without looking over my shoulder at who was talking about me and what they thought of me, was the day my life truly began and had immense meaning.

Today I make no apologies for who I am. I write about and talk about my own struggles with disordered eating, relationships, alcohol and all the other messy things that happen in real life."

What we talk about in this show:

•What drove Andrea to change/improve in the face of challenges that shut many people down?

•What is Andrea’s mission and purpose now?

•Managing our inner critic

•Control, isolation and perfectionism

•“Being Fearless is BS” – what is real  courage?

•"The way to gain confidence is by practicing courage" (read Andrea’s post here)

•Social media and the comparison trap

Have questions for Andrea or Ella after hearing us chat? Leave your questions at

Don’t forget to join us on the On Air with Ella Facebook page, too!

Mar 17, 2015

George Bryant is the New York Times Best-Selling author of The Paleo Kitchen, and creator of the wildly popular paleo food blog Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations (2 million hits a month!). 

But life wasn't always so rosy for George.

After spending the first 20-something years of his life in a constant battle with his weight, hiding an eating disorder and suffering multiple physical traumas (including nearly losing both legs while on deployment in Somalia as a US Marine), George took matters into his own hands and began his own wellness journey.

After 12 years of service as a Marine, George now works fulltime creating delicious Paleo recipes, while hoping to change as many lives for the better by making real food recipes simple and tasty. He’s also a professional family man and author.

Listen in for the story of George's challenges, triumph, and continued work in progress. 

Learn more at

And....join the Ella's "Fellas & Bellas" on Facebook for updates, photos, tips and resources that you won't find anywhere else!

Mar 16, 2015

This episode was inspired by many of my peers, colleagues and the Ella “Fellas” and “Bellas” – many of whom have asked for healthy travel tips.

I typically make 2-3 trips per month, which adds up to dozens of flights per year. It can take a toll. As I have racked up some miles over the years, I have picked up some tips and tricks for reducing the stress on my body, the self-sabotage that can accompany travel, and some “preventative measures” that help keep me sane, fed and (relatively healthy) on the road.

Whether you travel once a year or weekly, I promise there will be some tips here that you haven't heard. 

Let me know your best tips for travel on the On Air with Ella Facebook page, and find links to every resource mentioned in this episode at!

Mar 11, 2015

Vani makes her living making food companies angry. She challenges them on the chemicals they use to make manufactured food more addictive, longer-lasting and as cheap as possible to produce. And she’s not quiet about it.

Is she alarmist? Unabashedly, yes. Her headlines are notoriously, um, cloying at times. (Did you catch the infamous “Do You Eat Beaver Butt?” post?)  ...And it would be easy to write her off as an obnoxious headline-grabber who is just looking to generate a following by making big companies like Kraft, Starbucks, Kellogg, and General Mills look bad. Except, isn’t there something backward here? 

Vani Hari receives death threats on a regular basis because she is telling the world what food manufacturers opt to put in our food supply. Huh?

What’s wrong with this picture?

From her site:

Back when Congress gave the FDA authority over food additives (in 1958), there were about 800 additives. Today, the number of known ingredients has swelled to more than 10,000 and continues to grow. Even the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner, Michael Taylor, recently said: “We simply do not have the information to vouch for the safety of many of these chemicals… we do have questions about whether we can do what people expect of us”. - Washington Post

Additional resource: “Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes” - Washington Post

Well, maybe that isn't as scary as it sounds, because apparently new food ingredients are commonly approved by the manufacturer themselves, and not by the FDA. So, that's helpful, right?  [What the ???]

So, what does this mean to you?

Why should you care?

Here are a few reasons:
- hyperactive children
- asthma
- diabetes
- cancer
- eczema
- digestive disease
- premature aging
- obesity
- lethargy
…are all on the rise. Like, WAY. ON. THE. RISE. 
And, according to some experts, 70% of the average American diet now comes from processed food

Interestingly, a research review of 172 clinical studies published in the Journal of American Clinical Nutrition concluded that "virtually all chronic diseases are partially caused by our modern diet of engineered foods."

Related? You decide.

And isn't that the point?

Do you have to like the Food Babe? Nope. Do you maybe want to listen to the information that she’s making public, then decide for yourself whether you opt in or out of the chemical s&^% storm that makes up the majority of processed foods?

Uh, yeah. Please do. And, if you’re not a little riled up after hearing this episode, then you weren’t listening.

All of the resources mentioned in today's show can be found at

And....join the Ella's "Fellas & Bellas" on Facebook for updates, photos, tips and resources that you won't find anywhere else!

Mar 6, 2015

Elizabeth Benton spent 25 years dieting and hating her body.

After years of obesity, self-loathing, dieting and deprivation, Elizabeth has lost 140 pounds that she will never see again. 

How? She cracked the code to permanent fat loss, and now she wants to share it with as many people as possible.

If you have ever struggled with binge eating, yo-yo dieting, or failed at your best efforts to lose weight in the face of so many confusing messages, this show is for you. Listen in as Elizabeth Benton of Primal Potential shares her magic formula, the logic behind why it works, and the detail behind how we unknowingly sabotage ourselves.

What We Talk About

- Elizabeth's journey to more than 300 pounds

- The number one thing to do when you are obese and do NOT want to work out

- Why “more exercise” is not the answer

- Why we eat and still feel hungry

- Fat as fuel – why it works

- Calories: do they matter?

- The 4 Golden Rules of Carbs 

- How we shut down our fat burning fire without realizing it

- Bulletproof coffee – what is it and why Elizabeth loves it 

- How to eat really well AND meet your fat loss goals

- The real obstacle standing in your way

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Feb 27, 2015

Evan Brand tells you how to get the best out of your body, your mind and your life.

Evan Brand is a Nutritional Therapist and Personal Trainer specializing in whole-foods nutrition, blood sugar regulation, digestive health, cognitive enhancement and stress management.

After more than 100 interviews and thousands of hours of research with the best health practitioners in the world, he's tapped into their secrets and methods. He took the best of what he learned and tweaked it, tested it and put his own spin on it. Now through his Not Just Paleo blog, webcasts, podcast and training programs, Evan shares his best strategies for attaining energy, vitality and happiness. And today, he shares them with us...

What we talk about:

  • The mood/food connection
  • Are you spending more on your car than you are on your own body?
  • Evan's take on 5 Ways to Stay Sane in the Winter
  • How can you boost your immunity by 23% with one simple step?
  • Evan's surprising strategy for dealing with jerks, stress and road rage
  • Is grounding/earthing a real thing?
  • Evan's quest to gain weight, stop feeling like a whiny baby and get strong

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Feb 21, 2015

Hal Elrod is a #1 bestselling author, international Keynote Speaker, one of America’s top success coaches, ultra-marathon runner, grateful husband and proud father of two. All of this after being hit head on by a drunk driver at age 20 and found dead by EMS at the scene.

Despite being clinically dead for six minutes (!!), in a coma for six days with 11 broken bones, and being told he may never walk again, Hal defied the logic of doctors and the temptations to be a victim, and he bounced back to prove that ALL of us are capable of overcoming extraordinary adversity to create extraordinary results in our personal and professional lives.

But guess what... the accident and his recovery were NOT the biggest hurdle that he faced. That was still to come.

Listen in as Hal shares his wild ride with us, the lessons he learned, and the one practice that he started that became a revolution.

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Feb 20, 2015

Neen James wants you to create more moments in life that matter.

Meet my rocking Aussie friend, Neen James. Neen is a professional speaker and leadership expert who teaches people how to achieve twice as much in half the time, so they can create more significant moments in life that matter. 

I wanted Neen to join us because - without fail - the number one excuse I hear (and make) from people (myself) when it comes to why they (we) are not meeting their (our) wellness goals is...

“I don’t have time” 

Whether it’s no time to cook real food, sleep, move your body, or anything other form of self-care, everyone can say – and can mean it! – “I don’t have time.” So, what’s the cure? Listen in and we’ll share that and more.

What we talk about:

  • Neen’s mantra on leading an Ah-Mazing life
  • How the little things we do have the greatest impact
  • Your plan to conquer the world and manage your life in just 15 minutes! 

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