Think Yourself Healthy

Think Yourself Healthy

By Heather Deranja
Everything you need to know to have the body & life of your dreams! The Think Yourself Healthy Podcast was created to bring you to the intersection of mind, body and soul where you can go from surviving, to THRIVING. Your host, Heather Deranja, is the hilarious, relatable and compassionate friend you need to help you get to the other side. She is a registered dietitian, personal trainer and cognitive behavioral specialist, and is dedicated to sharing her story and teaching women how to master their thoughts in order to master their lives. WARNING: Be prepared to step into your POWER!
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NUTRITION IN RECOVERY: How Food and Sugar Addiction Impacts Gut Health and Mental Wellness

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Discovering Conscious Eating & Cultivating Self-Awareness
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28:32
May 25, 2020
Guilt Free Eating, Diabetes Management & Getting Out of Your Own Way - with Melissa Joy Dobbins
Melissa Joy Dobbins MS, RDN, CDE is an award winning, nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She is known as The Guilt-Free RD® – “because food shouldn’t make you feel bad!” With more than 25 years’ experience, Melissa helps people digest food and nutrition information so they can make their own well-informed food decisions based on facts, not fear. As the CEO of Sound Bites® she promotes sound science, smart nutrition and good food, empowering people to enjoy their food with health in mind. Melissa hosts the popular Sound Bites Podcast where she interviews experts on a variety of topics ranging from fad diets to farming and delves into the science, the psychology and the strategies behind good food and nutrition. RESOURCES Check out Melissa’s podcast, Sound Bites here Find Melissa on Instagram @melissajoyrd Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
44:13
May 18, 2020
Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s & Navigating Thyroid Testing with Marina Tarasova
Marina is the co-founder and COO of Paloma Health, an online medical practice improving care for hypothyroidism. Marina studied business and technology and spent her career in health care from working for Fortune 500 companies like Johnson & Johnson and launching life-saving and life-changing medications. She also consulted for health care clients at Boston Consulting Group. Marina decided to build a company after being a part of launching Capsule, a direct-to-consumer pharmacy in New York. She has been looking for ways to use technology to improve the way people receive their health care and that led her to meet her cofounder and together they started Paloma. In this episode you will learn: Why hypothyroid patients are caught without great options in our current health care system Why a complete test panel is so important How we vet our physicians The importance of nutrition for thyroid health RESOURCES Get your thyroid kit at palomahealth.com and use code NUTRITIONVIXEN for 40% off Follow Paloma on Instagram @palomahealth Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
47:46
May 11, 2020
Upgrading Your Mental Wellness For A Healthy Mind, Body & Soul - with Jayne Williams
Jayne is a Certified Integrative Health and Nutrition Expert and long time advocate of health and nutrition. Having suffered for many years with gut and stress related issues, Jayne empowered herself to learn everything she could to get healthy and, in turn, has made it her life’s work to help others to do the same. She now helps her clients improve their health in a clear-cut attainable approach, by gradually introducing healthy eating habits and living practices specific to their body and lifestyle. Most importantly, she works with each client to create a personalized plan of action that supports both their short and long term health goals In this episode you will hear: 1.) How Jayne discovered that healing her gut would change her life 2.) How her corporate journey led her to wellness 3.) How mindset actually affects gut health 4.) How casting a vision around your life can heal your life and transform your journey RESOURCES Find Jayne at jaynewilliamswellness.com Find Jayne on Instagram @jayne_williamswellness Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
46:01
May 4, 2020
YOU ARE NOT TOO MUCH: Giving Yourself Permission to Own Your Desires with Jeanette LeBlanc
Jeanette spent most of her life working very hard to be a good girl. One day she woke up and decided to write her way out of her own life - things haven’t been the same since. Single mama to two ridiculously unruly daughters, Jeanette believes in the smooth honey burn of whiskey, the crashing of mama ocean, pencil skirts, vintage band tees and fringed boots, the kinship of the wild wolf, walking for miles in unfamiliar cities, that the burn down always precedes the rise, the singular power of dark red lipstick and the necessity of putting out for the muse on the regular. Oh yea - and that sometimes our stories are the only things that can save us. RESOURCES Find Jeanette’s book, You Are Not Too Much here: https://www.jeanetteleblanc.com/nottoomuchbook/ Find Jeanette on Instagram @jeanetteleblanc Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
57:27
April 27, 2020
Healing Through Breathwork - with Samantha Skelly
Samantha’s mission was realized in 2014, when she founded Hungry for Happiness, a movement that helps people experience true transformation and happiness through trained certified coaches who utilize emotional and energetic coaching techniques. Hungry for Happiness has provided unique and accessible recovery resources to those suffering in silence. In 2018, Samantha launched her second company, Pause Breathwork, with a mission to unite humanity by helping people breathe, feel, and thrive. Through her companies, Samantha has revolutionized the weight loss and self-help industries by providing sustainable solutions that challenge the “Band-Aids on bullet wounds” methodology that has long been the industry standard. She works with clients to examine the individual and underlying causes of food, body, and self-love issues, and in doing so, has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of women in over 30 countries around the world by helping them conquer their struggles once and for all. RESOURCES Find Samantha at samanthaskelly.com Find Sam on Instagram @samanthaskelly
44:44
April 20, 2020
FIGHTING FOOD ALLERGIES: One Mom’s Journey of Surviving to Thriving
Stephanie - A wife and mother of two beautiful, loving little girls born with many severe and life threatening food allergies. We live a sweet organic everyday life. Sharing our journey with Celiac disease, unspecified muscular dystrophy, EOE, FPIES, EDS (connective tissue disease) GERD and Autism. My goal is to advocate, bake, blog and love! My husband, Giovanni, has been one of my greatest supports in providing our family with what we need. Living off one income is no easy task, but we manage because we love our daughters. Everyone in our lives have been a tremendous help and support. This blog is to educate, to inform, to share yummy recipes, and to review samples from companies, so that you- the reader- may enjoy peace in your own unique home. RESOURCES Find Stephanie’s blog at uniqueheartbeat.com Find Stephanie on Instagram @sweetorganicliving Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
43:39
April 13, 2020
NUTRITION IN RECOVERY: How Food and Sugar Addiction Impacts Gut Health and Mental Wellness
David Wiss, MS, RDN is the founder of Nutrition in Recovery, which specializes in: Addictions, Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Gut Health, Body Image, and General Wellness. Mr. Wiss works closely with individuals to help them revolutionize their relationship with food and has shared his expertise with numerous eating disorder and addiction facilities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. David is a published author and a nationally recognized expert in nutrition for addiction, currently working on his PhD in Public Health from UCLA. In this episode you will learn: 1. Nutrition for Substance Use Disorder: history and where it is headed 2. Food Addiction: controversies and implications for public health 3. Sugar Addiction: how it affects gut health and mental wellness RESOURCES Find David’s curriculum for nutrition in recovery here: https://www.nutritioninrecovery.com/nutrition-news/nutrition-in-recovery-curriculum/ Find David on Instagram @davidawiss Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
48:11
April 6, 2020
DITCHING THE RESTRICTION LIFESTYLE: From IFBB Pro to Holistic Wellness with Katie Miller
DITCHING THE RESTRICTION LIFESTYLE: From IFBB Pro to Holistic Wellness with Katie Miller Katie Miller is a health and wellness coach that specializes in helping women improve their relationship with food, exercise, and themselves so they can live "fit & free" for life. Katie is a former IFBB professional athlete, with a bachelors degree in exercise science and certifications with NASM AND ACSM. Her goal is to spread the message of sustainable health and wellness through integrating mindset work into my health programs. RESOURCES Find Katie at https://www.katiemillerfitness.com Find Katie on Instagram @ktmillerfit Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
50:20
March 30, 2020
DEVELOPING AN ABUNDANCE MINDSET: Overcoming Money Mindset Blocks & Learning to Invest In Yourself
Melissa Martin is a business strategist + coach, host of the Boldly Courageous podcast and co-founder of Ladies Aligned. She specializes in helping women to up-level in their business & break through money mindset blocks resulting in a deep connection to their bank accounts + business. In this episode you will learn: How to create an abundance mindset, break through limiting beliefs and start investing in yourself How to break through money blocks and start living more abundantly How to attend an amazing event called Align and Rise to elevate yourself in all areas of mind, body and soul RESOURCES Find Melissa’s event, Align and Rise here https://www.ladiesaligned.com/AlignandRise2020 Find Melissa on Instagram @themelissamartin and @ladiesaligned Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
45:40
March 23, 2020
FIGHTING CANCER WITH LIFESTYLE: A 23-Year-Old's Journey From a 20-Centimeter Liver Tumor to Health & Happiness
Rachel is a 23-year-old cancer fighter of 3 years, and a fifth year George-Washington University exercise and nutrition science student. With her rare cancer diagnosis at age 20, she has worked to change her entire lifestyle one step at a time to become more healthful and balanced. Her lifestyle changes have given her the only sense of control throughout this journey and have allowed her to find her passion and community in the field. In this episode you will learn: Rachel’s journey of being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and being rushed through the process to have surgery and begin healing How Rachel implemented lifestyle changes that changed the course of her journey and her healing How Rachel finds community and support What Rachel is doing now to stay healthy, happy and support others who want to embark on a health journey RESOURCES Find Rachel’s blog at livewellwithrachel.com Find Rachel on Instagram @rachelscleaneats Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
49:53
March 16, 2020
OPTIMIZING HORMONE HEALTH: Lab Testing, Birth Control and Female Hormones
Kaely McDevitt is a Registered Dietitian that utilizes a functional approach to nutrition, helping her clients personalize their nutrition for optimal health and hormones. Kaely owns a virtual private practice where she helps women overcome lingering hormone and digestive issues. She is also the co-creator of the online women's health course and community, Her Hormones Academy. She is energized by helping others take the driver's seat on their health journey. In this episode you will learn: What you need to know about lab testing from the doctor vs. other resources and what to get tested for Why birth control may not be the best answer for unpleasant period symptoms How to eat for healthier hormones How stress impacts hormone function RESOURCES Find Kaely at kaelyrd.com Find Kaely on Instagram @kaelyrd Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
50:51
March 9, 2020
THE ART OF MASCULINITY: Embracing Masculine & Feminine Energy with Johnny Elsasser
Johnny is a former special operations Army Ranger with 4 combat tours between Iraq and Afghanistan who also protected the US Ambassador to Iraq in Baghdad with a private firm for 5 years. Through a decade in and out of the middle East he has come out to now empower men to find their strength in their masculinity and confidence in who they choose to be, not what society tells them. He uses his podcast The Art of Masculinity to share how men struggle universally from special operations to everyday men to millionaires and provides tools to teach men how to grow and persevere through their struggles. He reminds them that they aren't alone and understanding themselves is their greatest strength. In this episode you will learn: - How masculinity is fluid and situational. - How men are never alone in their struggles yet think they are - Detachment from others believing it's a sign of strength (lone wolf) - How to end the stigma of male self-love and begin to embrace it RESOURCES Find Johnny at johnnyelsasser.com and on Instagram @johnny.elsasser Check out Johnny’s podcast, The Art of Masculinity Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
42:54
March 2, 2020
Healing Trauma Through Inner Child Work & Ending the Therapy Stigma with Carah Elizabeth
Carah is a trauma-informed Psychotherapist with a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling and training with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She has also trained as a Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Nidra and Second Degree Reiki Healer. She believe it’s important to integrate body-mind-spirit into my work with women to assist them in finding their way back to their true selves and meeting their highest potential, in all areas of life. It is her belief that behavior does not define a person, however is a symptom of a deep-seated concern. She is passionate about helping women heal through unearthing and resolving these concerns so that they may grow into their true self and wellness. In this episode, you will learn: The integration of mind-body-soul skills to support the healing journey through trauma Why inner child work and getting to the root of trauma is the key to healing Counseling vs coaching and ending the stigma You can find Carah on Instagram @carah.elizabeth Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
49:25
February 24, 2020
RELEASING THE DIAGNOSIS: Lauren’s Journey to Overcoming Anxiety, Depression, Autoimmune Conditions & Prescription Addiction
Lauren is an amazing client of mine who has a journey and a story that will inspire many. She is such an amazing and beautiful human who is a talented artist and mixologist in New York City. Lauren has suffered from multiple autoimmune conditions, anxiety, depression and other health issues. Lauren has had an amazing transformation and on this episode she is going to share with us her journey of overcoming a 10-year long struggle with prescription addiction, overcoming her anxiety and depression and going from taking 27 highly-addictive medications to now taking only 1! Lauren is a true example of surviving to thriving, and I can’t wait for you to hear her story! You can find Lauren on Instagram @art.of.lauren Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
44:50
February 17, 2020
THE FEMALE LIBIDO: How lack of sex and pleasure is affecting women's health
Dr. Jordin Wiggins is a Naturopathic Doctor, entrepreneur, women’s sexual health disruptor and author. She is revolutionizing the way we deliver, educate and talk about sexual health, wellness and pleasure for women. In her private practice, Health Over All, located in Fonthill Ontario, Dr. Wiggins and her team are experts on hormone and mood imbalance, libido, bio-marker testing and providing individualized health care so that their patients wake up energized and ready to take on their day. Dr. Wiggins is the founder of The Pleasure Collective, an online coaching community and sexual health and wellness re-education program for women. She is setting a higher standard for women’s sexual health, using pleasure as the way back to better relationships, desire and outstanding health, not another pill. In this episode of Think Yourself Healthy, you will learn about: What is libido and why is it important for women’s health? Is there a link between low libido and mental health? Why do so many more women suffer from sexual dysfunction compared to men? What can we do to change this? Resources: Visit Dr. Wiggins’ website The Pleasure Collective here: https://www.thepleasurecollective.com/ Find Dr. Wiggins’ book “The Pink Canary” launching March 10th! Find Jordin on Instagram @drjordinwiggins Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
45:57
February 10, 2020
THE GUT BRAIN CONNECTION: Mental Wellness & How Stress Impacts the Gut with Dr. Shawn Talbott
Dr. Shawn Talbott is responsible for Amare’s research, development and product formulation. Dr. Shawn leads all aspects of the development of new product formulations and specifications, as well as clinical and experimental research, product claims substantiation and technical support. His unique ability to explain complex terminology in simple terms helps people understand the science behind new and existing products. His 20+ years of experience developing nutritional products that have generated more than $1 Billion in sales has all led to him finding his true passion at Amare — using his skills and experience to help people feel better through improved mental wellness and psychological vigor (mental acuity, physical energy and total performance). In this episode of Think Yourself Healthy, you will learn about: Why is gut health so important? - the new science around the gut-brain-axis is fundamentally changing how we think about all aspects of human health How stress impacts the gut - stress can interfere with microbiome balance, gut integrity, energy metabolism, and overall mood state How can someone tell if they might have stress-induced gut problems? What can people do to restore their gut health? What should people look for when choosing supplements like probiotics and prebiotics? Resources: Shop Amare’s Gut-Brain Axis Products HERE Visit Dr. Shawn Talbott’s website at https://doctalbott.com Find Shawn on Instagram @doctalbott Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
53:02
February 3, 2020
Gut Health, IBS, The Microbiome and Should You Take Probiotics?
Andrea Hardy is a registered dietitian and Canada’s Gut Health Expert, is on a mission to communicate credible scientific evidence about gut health and digestive disorders. She shares her message with clients and colleagues in a way that is easy to consume and inspires sustainable action. It’s time to strip the jargon and fear-inducing language from our nutrition messages and inspire connective communication in health care. Andrea likes to say her goal is to get people to take nutrition a little less seriously – which may come as a surprise coming from a dietitian. Through humor, she injects fun into her science-based media messages. After all, poop jokes aren’t her favorite kinda jokes, but they are a solid #2. In this episode of Think Yourself Healthy, you will learn about: - what the gut microbiome is - what it's role is in health and disease, touching on IBS - how to take care of your gut microbiota Resources: 7 days to gut health mini training series - perfect for those that have tummy troubles but aren't sure where to start! JOIN FREE HERE! Find Andrea on Instagram @andreahardyrd Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
42:41
January 27, 2020
The Psychology of Eating: Overcoming yo-yo dieting, emotional eating and deconstructing habits for real results
Eliza Kingsford is a licensed psychotherapist who helps clients struggling with food addiction, body image and emotional eating. Eliza is the author of the best-selling book Brain-Powered Weight Loss and her work has been featured on Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, NBC Health, CNN Health, Health Magazine, MindBodyGreen and many more. She has been a member of scientific advisory boards in the field of obesity with the best research minds in the industry, and she has trained hundreds of clinicians to work with food and body image issues. She is turning the diet industry on its head by combining the science of nutrition with the psychology of eating to create lasting results for her clients. In this episode of Think Yourself Healthy, you will learn about: Why people truly yo-yo diet and how to get off that roller coaster. Why it's necessary to heal from the inside out if you want lasting change. How "healing" doesn't have to look like traditional lie on the couch therapy, what it can look like instead. The fine line between restriction and intention (they are not the same thing and the energy behind it makes all the difference). Resources: Join Eliza’s “Brain Powered Weight Loss Masterclass” HERE, and use the code VIXEN for 20% off!  Inquire about 1-1 coaching with Eliza at elizakingsford@gmail.com Find Eliza on Instagram @elizakingsford Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
52:32
January 20, 2020
Restoring Fertility Naturally: Hormones, Infertility and Stress with Dr. Melissa Vandermissen
Dr. Melissa Vandermissen is a Functional Medicine Chiropractic Physician that specializes in natural fertility treatments. She operates a 100% online clinic to help women across the US, restore fertility naturally. She works 1:1 with her clients, as well as through her online programs. She has been successful with helping many couples conceive naturally, and then go on to have happy, healthy babies. In this episode of Think Yourself Healthy, you will learn about: Melissa’s personally journey with hitting rock bottom with her own health post-partum, and how it inspired her to do what she’s doing today. Why it’s much more than just getting a positive pregnancy test, but about optimizing health during preconception for an epigenetic advantage for baby. Taking a whole body approach with infertility is necessary, when looking to find the root cause. How stress affects pregnancy, the ability to conceive and even the child’s life long-term. Resources: Download Melissa’s FREE guide to discover what may be the “missing link” behind your inability to conceive at fertility.thedrmelissa.com Find Dr. Melissa on Instagram @drmelissavandermissen Thanks for joining us on the Think Yourself Healthy Podcast! Don’t forget to leave a review and make sure you share that you’re listening to this episode on the gram and tag myself @nutritionvixen and @thinkyourselfhealthy_ so we can share!
43:00
January 13, 2020
From Surviving to Thriving: My Personal Journey to True Health & Healing
In this episode you will learn about Heather's personal struggles with her health that led her to becoming a registered dietitian and ultimately starting this podcast. You will hear about her struggles with an autoimmune disease, a cancer diagnosis and how stress and anxiety nearly derailed her life. This podcast is a safe space for real conversations and stories about health and well-being, and why it really all starts with our THOUGHTS. You will learn how to master your thoughts in order to master your body and life. Resources: - Follow Heather on Instagram @nutritionvixen (or click here) and the podcast @thinkyourselfhealthy_  (or click here) - Check out Heather's website https://nutritionvixen.com About Heather: Heather is a registered dietitian nutritionist, cognitive behavioral specialist, personal trainer and founder of Nutrition Vixen. She helps women struggling with autoimmune diseases go from surviving to thriving. She helps them rewrite their thoughts, behaviors and stories so they can feel confident, sexy and empowered to take control of their health. Through mastering the mind-body connection, they are able to boost their energy, attack anxiety and depression, cultivate self-acceptance and transform not just their bodies, but their entire lives. Make sure to leave a review! :) Thanks loves! XOXO Heather
39:52
January 3, 2020