“Day two of gluten free, dairy free diet. WHAT CAN YOU PEOPLE ACTUALLY EAT!?!?”
“Have you ever heard of paraben-free shampoo?”
“Wait.. so they’re healthy pancakes? For breakfast? Are you sure?”
I’m a fully paid-up member of the healthy living club and have been years now. I’ve been fortunate enough to see several nutritionists, spend hours in health food stores, read piles of books and – in my mind most importantly – follow dozens of inspirational blogs.
What I often forget is that although I’m happily sat in the healthy living bubble, interacting with others in similar positions, many of my friends, family and others out there are not.
When I received the above questions in less than a day, I decided to do something about it and write an easy how-to series on this blog, documenting what I’ve learned.
It’s my belief that pretty much all of us in this healthy living community have a wealth of information – we just don’t realise how helpful it could be to someone outside of it.
I’ve been reminded this quite a bit recently in different ways: a friend embarking on a weight loss challenge, another being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance etc.
So Real Food Resources is my way of saying “here you go” – an easy place for me (and you perhaps) to refer such people to for a starting point.
My first topic is one that has provided me with so much information and support: podcasts. You can listen anywhere and anytime – they’re simply brilliant!
Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe are funny, informed and approachable. This was the first podcast I listened to and I still look forward to it each week! The paleo pair interview experts, answer readers’ questions, give tips on farm life and cooking and are basically awesome. You can dive right in by listening to the newest episode or even use their archive to search topics that suit your needs.
Nutrient density is a key word you’ll hear a lot on The Paleo View, where Stacy Toth and Sarah Ballantyne talk science, nutrition, lifestyle, working out and more. Both Stacy and Sarah lost well over 100lbs following a paleo diet so they know a thing or two about making it work while tackling motherhood and busy careers (did I mention they’re both authors of multiple tomes?). They chat with experts, answer questions and tackle relevant topics with a humorous, considered approach.
Vivian Nguyen teams up with aforementioned Stacy Toth for a hilarious, witty and simply fabulous podcast about ‘lifting heavy things’. I’m not (currently) lifting anything heavier than shopping bags full of sweet potatoes but I still adore listening to this podcast for motivation to exercise, go outside my comfort zone and embrace being a strong, independent woman!
From strong women to a strong man – Abel James’ podcast featured heavily in my early listening days and still does now. I remember walking round and round a short circuit by my flat one day just mesmerised at the information and conversations he was having (the episode was Pedram Shojai: Life as a Hunter-Gatherer). Honestly? Not every episode is for me and I don’t agree with everything on it (immunisation, smart drugs, fasting..) but it’s always worth giving it a go.
Representing the British contingent, Laura Agar Wilson and Kezia Hall have recently launched HHC and I just know it’s going to be brilliant. They’re both bubbly, informed and lovely Northerners who advocate a balanced, holistic approach to health. As health coaches, Laura and Kezia have a wealth of experience and information. Well worth a listen – if only to break up all those American and Canadian accents!
Other podcasts in my rotation
There are only so many hours in a week but when I do have a bit of extra time, I love to widen my listening habits and can recommend the following:
Livin La Vida Low Carb - with Jimmy Moore
* What podcasts do you listen to? Any recommendations?
* Do you often get questions from friends/family about healthy living?