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Kick Ass Life

Kick Ass Life

By Elle Russ & Tara Garrison
There will be no new episodes of this podcast but please enjoy the 74 awesome episodes here or on YouTube.(Video episodes on To learn more about the show hosts visit or or connect with Elle on Instagram at @_ElleRuss and Tara on Instagram @CoachTaraGarrison
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Ep 74: Tara's new book - SHORT-TERM KETO!
Elle Russ chats with Tara Garrison about her new book Short-Term Keto: A 28-Day Plan to Find Your Unique Carb Threshold. Her book is available for pre-order on Amazon now!
August 11, 2021
Ep 73: Coaching & Retreats
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ talk about Tara's recent regenerative farm event in Oklahoma and her 2022 Zion National Park "Higher" Retreat!  They also chat about their experiences as coaches and some of the themes that show up.
August 4, 2021
Ep 72: Regenerative Agriculture - The “Clean Meat”
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison discuss the regenerative agriculture movement and why it is critical to all of our futures and the future of food in general. Also discussed are the misconceptions behind climate change and meat consumption put forth in vegan propaganda films.
July 28, 2021
Ep 71: Is Ego the Enemy?
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss the concept of the ego - how it benefits us and how we can use it to our advantage in order to improve our lives, yet also pointing out the negative sides and how to adapt our primal egos to this modern world of higher consciousness.
July 21, 2021
Ep 70: Self-Perception
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about our perceptions of self as it relates to how we inform and instruct people on who we are and how to treat us.  They discuss everything from the unconscious formation of self-image to the conscious practice of developing positive self-perceptions...and thus creating and fostering high self-esteem and confidence.
July 14, 2021
Ep 69: Addictions to Emotions
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ talk about how we get unconsciously addicted to certain unhealthy emotions and states of being, and how to unravel it so we can move forward with focusing on our future - versus being stuck in past patterns or past events. They discuss what causes and ignites these addictions and how to work ourselves out of it and into more elevated states and more elevated, positive emotions.
July 7, 2021
Ep 68: Seriously, What Do You Want?
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison discuss getting to the core of identifying what you want in life so that you can create it. How knowing what you want helps cultivate and define your boundaries.
June 30, 2021
Ep 67: To Each Their Own
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about the various ways in which we judge how other people run their lives and discuss the root of why and when we get involved in other people’s business, and how to get out of that mode so we can uplift our vibrations and focus on our own success and happiness.
June 23, 2021
Ep 66: Forgiveness
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about the concept of forgiveness - towards others and towards ourselves. Why it is important to go down the path of forgiveness, regardless of whether the wrongdoer deserves it or not.
June 16, 2021
Ep 65: Nature Deficiency
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ talk about the scientific research behind why being immersed in nature is critical for our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing.
June 9, 2021
Ep 64: Neanderthal Thinking
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison talk about the inner lives of our hunter-gatherer ancestors and how we have a lot to learn from their qualities, and ways of thinking.
June 2, 2021
Ep 63: Capacity Vs. Confidence
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about our capacity versus our confidence when it comes to pursuing our dreams, learning new skills, and more.
May 26, 2021
Ep 62: Marie Kondo-ing Your Life
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about the concepts in Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - and how you can synthesize these principles into ALL areas of your life.
May 19, 2021
Ep 61: Challenging Your Beliefs Around Food
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss how people identify themselves with food/diets and how to challenge and uncover your true beliefs around specific diets or eating paradigms - noticing where you might be too attached in ego or adopting beliefs that aren’t even true for you and your body.
May 12, 2021
Ep 60: How We Eat at Home and Away
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison talk about how they eat at home, at restaurants, and while traveling - offering tips,  tricks, and hacks to stay on the healthy track and getting rid of any restrictive mindsets.
May 5, 2021
Ep 59: Reparenting Yourself
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about crappy parenting elements that contribute to the skewed way we look at the world, our life, and our relationships. Discussion includes how to identify these factors and how to parent yourself out of them so that you no longer sabotage your current life and future.
April 28, 2021
Ep 58: Improving Your Relationship With Social Media
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about improving the relationship you have with social media and how to use social media platforms in a positive, enriching way vs. a toxic approach.
April 21, 2021
Ep 57: Are You Fear Or Faith Motivated?
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about the various ways in which we are motivated by fear or by faith in all of our endeavors, and how to move away from fear-based motivations.
April 14, 2021
Ep 56: How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about tips and tricks for eating healthy on a budget.
April 7, 2021
Ep 55: Tara's Bikini Competition
Elle Russ interviews Tara Garrison about her recent experiment of jumping into the world of bikini bodybuilding - the good, the negative, and everything in between!
March 31, 2021
Ep 54: Power Dynamics: Offense vs. Defense
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison discuss healthy and unhealthy power dynamics in all kinds of relationships - and how to be more assertive vs. passive in your communications with others.
March 24, 2021
Ep 53: Boundaries
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss establishing healthy boundaries  for yourself in all areas of life, and how to recognize when and where you might be falling short.
March 17, 2021
Ep 52: The 5 Love Languages
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about and break down Gary Chapman’s book, The 5 Love Languages. Discussion includes recognizing what your love language is and how to navigate your partner’s language in concert with yours, and what actions can be talking to promote harmony.
March 10, 2021
Ep 51: Manipulation
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about manipulation in its various forms - from recognizing if and when you are being manipulated to when you might be the manipulator.
March 3, 2021
Ep 50: Time Management
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ talk about tips and tricks for mastering time management while highlighting the pitfalls of distraction.
February 24, 2021
Ep 49: Getting to Know Elle
Tara  Garrison gets to know her co-host, Elle Russ, in this episode! Tara asks  Elle a variety of questions about her life and opinions on random topics.
February 17, 2021
Ep 48: Getting to Know Tara
Elle Russ gets to know her co-host Tara Garrison in this episode! Elle asks Tara a variety of questions about her life and opinions on a variety of random topics!
February 10, 2021
Ep 47: Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Issues
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about the topic of Elle's bestselling book The Paleo Thyroid Solution. From symptom identification to what blood tests to get and much more! For Elle's FREE Thyroid guide CLICK HERE.
February 3, 2021
Ep 46: Keto In & Out - Do Keto. Not Forever.
Elle Russ chats with Tara Garrison about the ketogenic diet and Tara's Keto In & Out program. They discuss what keto is and is not, who may and may not benefit from going keto, and the power of metabolic flexibility.  
January 27, 2021
Ep 45: How To Get Hired & Hiring Tips
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about aspects of looking for work and also finding people to work for you. They discuss tips and tricks for the resume process, interviewing, and mindset work that can propel you towards finding a great job.
January 20, 2021
Ep 44: How To Be A Good Friend
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about all things friendship - what it means to be a great friend and attract great friends. They discuss the positive qualities of great friends and shed light on the red flags of subpar friendships and how to disengage/ leave friendships that have met their expiration date.
January 13, 2021
Ep 43: Letting Go of Limiting Beliefs
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about how and why we believe in the things we do, and which beliefs are holding us back, hindering our goals and limiting our lives. How to identify a limiting belief and how to let it go and adopt new ones that serve you and your best future.
January 6, 2021
Ep 42: Pushing Your Limits
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about pushing your limits in a variety of ways: Mentally, physically, and emotionally. How to push past your limits by taking on newer challenges so that you can work beyond the confines of what you already can do so that you can reach new heights and levels with your goals.
December 30, 2020
Ep 41: Self-Compassion
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about why self-compassion is the name of the game when it comes to reaching your full potential. How to recognize a bad decision versus being a bad person and shifting the punishment for past mistakes into self-worth and confidence.
December 23, 2020
Ep 40: End Self-Sabotage
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss the reasons and behaviors behind self-sabotage: Actively or passively taking steps to prevent ourselves from reaching our goals.  Tara and Elle deconstruct this frustrating cycle of behavior that lowers our self-confidence and leaves us feeling stuck.
December 16, 2020
Ep 39: The Importance of Vulnerability
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about the importance of vulnerability in all areas of life and how to overcome the fear of what others think of you within this context and how lack of vulnerability could be holding you back in life. Tara and Elle make the case for why you should want to be more vulnerable and tips for how to get there.
December 9, 2020
Ep 38: Navigating Change
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison share personal experiences and tips for navigating change and the stresses and missed moments that can follow.
December 2, 2020
Ep 37: Giving & Receiving
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss the variety of intentions behind giving and receiving and tips to identify unhealthy patterns within these realms - as well as how to practice and cultivate positive patterns. EXCLUSIVE 20% Off Paleo Valley Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale:
November 25, 2020
Ep 36: Self Love
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison discuss the personal journey of how self love has shaped and shifted their lives, and how to become more loving, accepting, and forgiving of yourself.
November 18, 2020
Ep 34: Your Inner Child
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss inner child work - what it is,  why it's valuable, and how to identify parts of your adult life that might be affected by something in your childhood that needs addressing.
November 4, 2020
Ep 33: Spiritual Narcissism
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about the concept of spiritual narcissism and spiritual superiority. How to identify it in others and in ourselves.
October 28, 2020
Ep 32: Plant Medicine
Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about the new world of plant medicine including current research, warnings, and their personal experiences with it.
October 21, 2020
Ep 31: Gut Instincts and Intuition
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about why following your gut instincts and intuition will always guide you in the right direction and how to tap into listening to this critical inner voice and knowing. They also talk about distinguishing between gut instinct and a trauma trigger - and how to decipher if your own shortcomings are holding you back from recognizing what is what.
October 14, 2020
Ep 30: Dealing With Difficult People
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about dealing with difficult people and difficult personalities - from diffusing contentious situations to owning your own power in speaking up and drawing boundaries.
October 7, 2020
Ep 29: Emotional Eating
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss the ins and outs of emotional eating: Why we do it, how we are wired to eat, and what steps we can take to get off this destructive roller coaster.  Tara and Elle are both a part of an amazing online summit on this very topic - visit for access to a ton of great video interviews with doctors, health experts, and authors who understand emotional eating.
September 30, 2020
Ep 28: Health Hacks
Tara  Garrison and Elle Russ roll through some of their favorite health hacks and supplements that they have implemented over their years of health expertise and personal biohacking. Mentioned in the episode: Systemic/Protealytic enzymes (vitalzym XE), The book  BREATH by James Nestor, Spectracell test, Upgraded Formulas hair analysis, oregano oil (organol P73), OMAD, COLD THERAPY (Wim Hof), Milk  Thistle & Dandelion, Essential Oils, Minerals.
September 23, 2020
Ep 27: How To Get Out of an Emotional Rut
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about emotional ruts - dissecting the causes while also providing solutions and tips for reigniting your spirit to move onward and upward.
September 16, 2020
Ep 26: Building a Better Relationship With Your Body
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about building a better relationship with your body through self-talk, action, passionate reverence, compassion, and gratitude. Mentioned in this episode: Eli Rohde’s guest appearance on The Primal Blueprint Podcast,
September 9, 2020
Ep 25: The Art of Goal Setting
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss the art of goal setting. They discuss the elements of spiritual and ethical alignment, getting out of learn-mode, being flexible, visualization, and dreaming big. Mentioned in this episode: Tony Child, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich
September 2, 2020
Ep 24: Adult Bullying
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ talk about the nature of bullying and adult bullying: The root causes of bullying, when and how to confront bullies, and how to avoid being a target for bullies.
August 26, 2020
Ep 23: Reprogramming Your Subconscious Mind
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ talk about the power of your subconscious mind versus your conscious mind and how to identify the beliefs and thoughts about yourself and the world that needs to be re-programmed for the intention of closing the gap between you and you - for a more fulfilled life.
August 19, 2020
Ep 22: Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
Tara and  Elle discuss the nature of comfort zones and how to get out of these predictable, routine behaviors and ways of being and thinking that could be holding you back from your best life.
August 12, 2020
Ep 21: Letting Go of Attachments
Tara and Elle talk about the necessity of recognizing unhealthy attachments in our lives (to people, ways of thinking, things, careers,  etc) and why letting go of them can inspire creativity, open up space for unknown possibilities, how letting go can ignite the forward progression of our goals and dreams.
August 5, 2020
Ep 20: The Problem With Perfectionism
Tara and Elle talk about health perfectionism and the never-ending struggle to be or appear perfect with one’s health and other areas in our lives. They discuss root causes, identifying factors, and give real-life examples to unpack this unhealthy trend.
July 29, 2020
Ep 19: Stop Being Offended.
Tara and Elle discuss the ever-growing toxic position of being offended, why some people are more easily offended than others, and how to turn a moment of being offended into a self-growth moment and learning exercise instead of internalizing it and allowing it to affect your self-esteem and your soul.
July 22, 2020
Ep 18: Stop Justifying Yourself
Tara and Elle discuss the roots of why people continue the unhealthy trend of justifying, explaining, and apologizing - and how to be more assertive and confident in order to increase your self-esteem.
July 15, 2020
Ep 17: How To Identify Your Blind Spots
Tara and Elle discuss being available for feedback from others in order to identify your blind spots. They highlight personal examples and more -  and offer tips and tricks for self-identifying where you might need to focus your personal growth attention.
July 8, 2020
Ep 16: Create A Morning Routine
Tara and Elle discuss their morning routines and chat about the self-empowerment benefits of establishing one.
July 1, 2020
Ep 15: Fostering Happiness
Tara and Elle discuss happiness through the lens of happiness research, mindset and gratitude practices, physical health, and more…offering thoughts and tips on how to cultivate it, foster it, and maintain it.
June 24, 2020
Ep 14: The Truth About Triggers
Elle and Tara deconstruct and identify the components of being emotionally triggered: How to be aware of emotional triggers and how to work through them so you can get into alignment and move forward.
June 17, 2020
Ep 13: Create Your Reality Part 2: The Art of Intention
Description:  Tara and Elle talk about tips and tricks for using the power of intention to create your own reality and manifest goals and desires.  Resources discussed in this episode: Manifest 10,000 by Cassie Parks Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain 21 Day Abundance Challenge - Deepak Chopra You Are Creators (YouTube Channel) by Justin Perry
June 10, 2020
Ep 12: Create Your Reality Part 1: Manifesting
Tara and Elle discuss the concept of the law of attraction, the power of the subconscious mind, and the art of deliberate creation: What it is, how it works, and the common objections. Resources discussed in this episode: The Art of Living by Bob Proctor Letting Go: The Pathway to Surrender by David Hawkins The Secret (audiobook version) by Rhonda Byrne Thoughts Become Things (film) by Mike Dooley The Millionaire Course Seminar (audiobook) by Marc Allen The Type-Z Guide to Success: A Lazy Person S Manifesto to Wealth and Fulfillment by Marc Allen The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy The Game of Life and How to Play it by Florence Scovel Shinn
June 3, 2020
Ep 11: The Trouble With Blaming
Elle and Tara discuss the blame game and identify the areas where personal responsibility falls by the wayside and blame creeps in…and how to get off the victim track.
May 27, 2020
Ep 10: The World of Dating, Part 2
Tara Garrison and Elle Russ continue their discussion on the world of dating by offering thoughts and tips for online dating websites and apps, creating a dating profile, dating communication, dating logistics, and advice for protecting your sexual health and having conversations with romantic partners about STD's.
May 20, 2020
Ep 9: The World of Dating - Part 1
Tara and Elle discuss thoughts and tips for the self-growth and clarity needed before entering the dating pool. Books and videos discussed in this episode: The Women's Empowerment Project by Elle Russ and Karen Martel (Free YouTube video interviews with subject experts and authors in the areas of improving sexual desire and function, healing sexual trauma, law of attraction, happiness, and much more. BOOKS: Calling in the One by Katharine Woodward Thomas, Soulmate Secret by Arielle Ford, and Practical Intuition in Love by Laura Day.
May 13, 2020
Ep 8: What To Do When You’re at Ground Zero
Elle and Tara share personal stories of when they have been at ground zero in life and offer thoughts and tips for navigating the scary, fearful unknown during hard times.
May 6, 2020
Ep 7: Getting Comfortable With Saying NO
In this episode, Tara and Elle discuss the various psychologies and nuances around saying NO, and the art of drawing boundaries and moving away from being a people-pleasing yes-person to getting comfortable with saying NO.
April 29, 2020
Ep 6: Your Body Image - How Do You See Yourself?
In this episode, Tara and Elle discuss the inner and outer dialogues surrounding body image and body image issues - and how to change that perception.
April 22, 2020
Ep 5: Dealing with downers - how to avoid them and avoid being one.
Tara and Elle discuss "The downer effect" and how we can protect ourselves from the negative opinions and outlooks of downers in our lives, how to avoid being a downer ourselves, and how to turn it all around.
April 15, 2020
Ep 4: Paleo, Primal, KETO living: How to become a fat-burning beast!
Elle and Tara define and discuss the lifestyle and eating paradigms of Paleo, Primal, Ancestral Health, and KETO diets.
April 8, 2020
Ep 3: Why You Need to Trash Envy & Jealousy
How and why envy and jealously can kill your success, your relationships, and more.
April 1, 2020
Ep 2: Excuses and Cop-Outs
Recognizing when and where and why you are making excuses copping out on your dreams - and how to stop doing that.
March 29, 2020
Ep 1: Why Us? Introducing Ourselves
Elle and Tara introduce themselves, what Kick-Ass Life Podcast is about, and why you should subscribe. 
March 29, 2020