By Michelle Siman
Hosted by Michelle Siman, Lemon Water is a series of ongoing conversations and interviews with leaders in the health and wellness community. As a self-proclaimed wellness enthusiast, Michelle uses this platform to learn from her guests as they share tips and stories on their own journeys.
Tonya Papanikolov - Rainbo
On our final episode in our Earth Month series special powered by Seedlip, we are sitting down with the founder and creator of Rainbo, a sustainably cultivated medicinal mushroom brand based out of Toronto, Canada. Tonya Papanikolov shares her story of why she fell in love with the fungi world. In today's episode we deep dive into the incredible world of medicinal mushrooms and importance fungi has to our planet, ecosystem, and bodies. Additionally, Tonya goes through Rainbo's current offerings and provides us with information on each tincture.
April 21, 2021
Tara Thomas - Chef, Consultant, Urban Farmer, and Co-Founder Breaking Bread NYC
For our second episode in our Earth Month series special Michelle is joined by Tara Thomas. Tara is a New York based Chef, Consultant, Urban Farmer and one of the co-founders of Breaking Bread NYC. On today's episode Tara shares with us her story of how she got start in Portland working in the food industry which later lead her to where she is currently based in New York. Tara shares what shes been up to this past year and why community farms and gardens are now more important than ever. To learn more and support Breaking Bread NYC follow them on IG @breakingbread.nyc
April 14, 2021
Ashley Lennon - Museum of Peace and Quiet
Starting off our Earth Month series special Earthlings with our close friend Ashley Lennon who is the co-founder of California based lifestyle brand Museum of Peace and Quiet. On today's episode Ashley shares more about the importance nature had on her healing journey in addition to how she is able to draw inspiration by exploring the outdoors. Ashley also shares with Michelle some of her daily rituals and routines that have helped her feel centered over the past year. This is our first episode in our three part series for Earth Month powered by our friends over at Seedlip, we hope you enjoy :)
April 7, 2021
Shydeia Caldwell + Brittany Josephina - Black Girl Magik
Black Girl Magik is returning to ancient Black healing modalities and traditions to nurture the well-being and existence of Black women. Michelle sits down with Shydeia and Birttany of Black Girl Magik, on today's episode they discuss the importance of the community they are building, how they both came together, what they are currently working on and we get into their wellness journeys.
November 27, 2020
Leslie Ewing - Plant Based Foods Canada
On this episode Michelle sits down with Toronto based, Executive Director of Plant Based Foods Canada Leslie Ewing. They discuss what the organizations involvement in the Canadian food industry is along with their main goal. This episode also covers a little bit about the rise in popularity of the flexitarian and plant based diet and what that means for the future of the food industry.
November 19, 2020
Kimberly Waldropt - Terra-Tory
Kimberly Waldropt is the founder and creator of Tera-Tory, a hypoallergenic natural skin care brand based our of Long Island. On today’s episode Michelle and Kimberly discuss her journey with eczema, why she decided to start a skin care line, the food and skin connection, and they get into some of Kimberly’s favourite routines at the moment.
September 30, 2020
Priscilla Tsai - Cocokind
Cocokind is a certified organic and socially conscious skincare line based out in San Francisco. On today's episode Michelle catches up with Priscilla Tsai who is the companies founder and CEO. The two discuss how Priscilla got her start in the clean beauty and skincare industry, and get into how shes been navigating running the business this past year.
September 16, 2020
Donté Colley - Digital Creator and Dancer
Michelle catches up with Donté Colley a Toronto based digital creator and dancer. On this episode Donté and Michelle catch up on how Donté has been staying creative during a time when we are all at home, his journey with dance and how he's been using that get his community moving, Donté also opens up about a his recent health scare that now has him paying more attention to his gut health.
August 19, 2020
Evelynn Escobar-Thomas - Hikeclerb
Starting the season off with Evelynn Escobar-Thomas, a multi-passionate creative, model, and activist based in LA who is also the founder of Hikerclerb, an intersectional womxn’s hike club. On this episode Michelle and Evelynn discuss Evelynns wellness journey, her activism starting at a young age, and the importance of representation.
July 29, 2020
Dr. Julia Carroll - Dermatologist
Michelle catches up with Toronto based dermatologist Dr. Julia Carroll. On this episode they deep dive into the importance of protecting your skin from the sun and we learn more about our skins microbiome. Dr. Carroll also shares some of her favourite tips for summer skin.
August 7, 2019
Ara Katz + Dr. Azza Gadir - Seed
You are a Superorganism. Michelle sits down with Seed co-founder Ara Katz and director of R+D Dr. Azza Gadir. On this episode we learn about the Microbiome, probitoics and all things gut health. This episode discusses the importance of Science backed data when it comes to our health and just how important making this data accessible is for the consumer. We learn about the brands current product the daily synbiotic which has just recently been made available internationally.
July 17, 2019
Aishwarya Iyer - Brightland
With Brightland, you know exactly what you’re getting - authentic olive oil that’s never rotten, over processed, or fraudulent. With absolutely no fillers or artificial preservatives. On this episode Michelle catches up with LA based CEO and Founder Aishwarya Iyer. The two discuss how Aishwarya got her start in the industry, and the important role a good olive oil can play for our bodies.
July 3, 2019
Jaime Schmidt - Schmidt's Naturals
In an industry that’s left us wanting more, Schmidt's Naturals is committed to raising the bar and setting new standards for natural products. Michelle sits down with Portland based Jamie Schmidt of Schmidt's Naturals, in this episode Jamie shares her story on how she was able to take her business from her in-home kitchen to the shelves of giant retailers like Target and Walmart making natural products more accessible to the masses.
June 19, 2019
Bianca Valle - Holistic Nuritionist, Painter, Writer and Model
On today's episode Michelle catches up with New York based Bianca Valle. Known for wearing many hats between studying to become a certified Holistic Nutritionist, painting, modeling and writing Bianca really does it all. They discuss how Bianca got her start, what inspired her to venture into the area of wellness, the importance of making wellness accessible and of course Bianca shares some of her wellness tips with us.
June 5, 2019
Jackie Beale - Photographer/Creative Director
Michelle sits down with Toronto based Photographer, Creative Director and friend Jackie Beale. In this episode Jackie shares her personal and insightful wellness journey, while the two discuss what they currently do and don't like in the current wellness industry.
May 22, 2019
Keighty Gallagher - Tight Club Athletics
Exercise doesn’t have to define your life. It’s something you do to enhance who you are. Tight Club is a lifestyle for individuals who value active bodies, creative minds, and balanced lives. On this episode Michelle speaks with Vancouver based business owner,trainer and founder of Tight Club Athletics Keighty Gallagher. They discuss how Keighty started her career as a personal trainer and what exactly inspired her to start Tight Club.
May 8, 2019
Fran Miller - F.MILLER Skincare
Michelle spends morning with Fran Miller of F.MILLER skincare to talk about how and why she founded the brand while getting into her favorite morning routines and rituals. F.MILLER is based out of Toronto, Canada and is a beauty line of body care that prioritizes minimalism and quality while remaining completely free of harmful elements. A timeless, refined and highly effective arsenal of essentials, each carefully blended and bottled by hand in small quantities.
April 24, 2019
Sara Panton - vitruvi
Vitruvi is a wellness brand based out of Vancouver, Canada. In this episode Michelle sits down with Sara Panton, co-founder and CEO, they discuss wellness rituals and routines, Sara recently being nominated in this years Forbes 30 under 30 , some of her favourite essential oil blends of the season and new products in the companies pipeline.
March 13, 2019
Trinity Mouzon-Wofford - Golde
On today's episode Michelle sits down with founder and creator of Golde, Trinity Mouzon-Wofford. They discuss how her upbringing had influence on the brand, the importance of natural wellness, and how it can be working alongside your partner.
February 27, 2019
Nadine Jane - Nadine Jane Astrology
Michelle sits down with Nadine of @nadinejane_astrology to start off Season 2 of the podcast. Nadine is an Astrologer based out of New York City. This episode is sponsored by Vitruvi.
February 13, 2019
Bianca Harris - WIPP
Today, All star power woman and founder and creator of WIPP, Bianca Harris, joins us for an exciting conversation regarding general wellness. Bianca is the creator of WIPP, Women Inspiring Passion and Purpose, a self-described ‘empowerment company’ that focuses on large scale events, from meditation retreats to branding workshops, as well as online content creation. In this freestyle episode, we will discuss how Bianca got started, a bit about mental health and our generation's obsession with screens, and her favourite self-care rituals. Join us as we chase new conversations and points of view in today’s episode.
May 30, 2018
Hana James - Greenhouse Juice
You’ve probably noticed that the health and wellness lifestyle has been exploding in Toronto, but many businesses can be intimidating for beginners. Hanah James, one of the three co-founders of Greenhouse, is here to put the elitist myth surrounding health and wellness brands to bed. Greenhouse was the brainchild of three childhood friends who wanted to bring cold pressed juice to a wide audience while remaining sustainable and accessible. Since their launch in January 2014 they have expanded to multiple locations and are constantly creating new and exciting plant based products for their customers. This judgement free zone wants to help you slip health into your routine, and eventually become something you crave. The benefits of cold pressed juice are unparalleled, and can help you live a more balanced and more energetic lifestyle. By educating the public on the benefits of cold pressed juice live nutrients and enzymes, while producing killer branding and all glass packaging, Greenhouse is changing the health ritual game. Hanah comes from a family focused on wellness education who were ‘into health before it was cool’. She works to make sure that Greenhouse provides a welcoming experience to anyone who steps foot inside one of their locations. Focusing on community and attainable health solutions, Greenhouse is sure to be your next obsession, that is if it isn’t already.
May 16, 2018
Tara Miller- Health Hut
Today we are joined by Toronto Based Nutritionist Tara Miller to discuss the importance of intuitive eating. Not exactly sure what intuitive eating is? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Tara breaks down exactly what intuitive eating is, including her definition of health, the importance of community, and how to have a healthy relationship with your body. Tara is the founder of the Health Hut, which began in 2011 when she revamped an abandoned ice cream stand in Muskoka, ON. Now, Health Hut has grown to include a downtown Toronto location as well as an online store, and helps bring balance and pleasure back to her clients lives. Health Hut does not believe in restrictions, instead, Health Hut works to find what health means for every individual because no two bodies are the same. Health Hut’s philosophy focuses on listening to internal cues from your body instead of listening to external recommendations. It is unique in the way that Tara blends comfortability, balance, and acceptance while creating an open space for dialogue and networking. On today’s episode, we discuss how to find the right health mantra for you, how to have an exciting relationship with food, and discover a new way to find pleasure in change.
March 28, 2018
Lisa Labute - the Goods
Today’s guest is a plant based & functional foods guru and has the restaurant to prove it. She changed her life by educating herself on how foods affect you body, mind, and soul, and is sharing that knowledge with us today. Lisa Labute is the creator, owner and chef of The Goods, a plant based restaurant in the west end of Toronto which specializes in crafting functional, healing foods, everything is organic, vegan and incredibly delicious vegan. She breaks down for us how and why foods can heal your body and the unexpected benefits of plant based lifestyles on mental health. We also dive into how our choices in where we buy our foods and goods ultimately shapes the world, why educating yourself on how foods help or hinder you is the best thing you could ever do for yourself, and where the health food and wellness industry is headed. If you have toyed with the idea of adopting a plant based diet but had reservations, then this episode is for you.
March 7, 2018
Ruby Benson - RagsxRuby
Are you someone who believes in the power of manifestation? Do you regularly set resolutions and/or intentions? Today’s guest is an amazingly dear friend of mine who deeply believes that you bring into your life exactly the energy you put out. The future lies in the gratitude and positivity that you show today! Ruby Benson is a blogger, model, and content creator who has become a voice for the millennial generation through her beautifully curated social media channels, and she has done it all while maintaining her authentic self. She is a master of social media which we dive into, as well as why and how social media is shifting, why the party culture in society is changing, and the importance of goals over resolutions. We also chatted about happiness, setting intentions, visualization and manifestation all while getting a bit of the giggles and keeping the vibe chill. This conversation was less of an interview and more of two girl friends just chatting. What are your manifestation and visualization tools? Do you meditate? What works best for you? Leave a comment below!
February 16, 2018
Amber Joliat - MISFITS STUDIO
So, you think you have your complete wellness on lockdown? Today’s guest absolutely does and has even created her own method which incorporates yoga, pilates, and dance which is set to music and drives connection and physical and emotional release all with an intentional therapeutic vibration. Amber Joliat is the creator of Misfits Studio’s and the Misfits Method which blends mind, body, and soul with movement and creates strength, overall wellness, and a sense of magic in every single class. She has been sharing her method with others to rave reviews, and starting this year, has a retreat in Nicaragua which is already sold out. This girl knows her stuff, and I leave her classes with an overall feeling of peace and positivity every single time! On today’s episode, we discuss the importance of having complete wellness which includes all aspects of life, how travel can truly feed your soul, and why the art of movement is the ultimate healer. If you feel off balance or just not right then this episode will definitely get you into the correct headspace to begin to heal.
January 31, 2018
Tonya Papanikolov - The Well Woman
On today’s episode, we discuss how eating plant-based, local and organic can help your health issues, why having a community that you can turn to for support is so integral to success, and how radiance starts from the inside. If you’re currently suffering from chronic diseases or ailments, you’re going to want to hear what Tonya has to say.
January 10, 2018
Anne Matthews - Energy Tree Studios
On today’s episode we discuss how everything you need to be healthy already lives inside of you and how simple tweaks to your life and lifestyle choices can reverse the damage you may have been already causing your body. If you have ever felt like it was too late to make changes or that everything you’ve tried before has failed, then this episode will give you hope.
December 21, 2017
Steph Gee - Gee Beauty
On today’s episode we discuss how hormones and diet ultimately affect our skin, why what we consume can be causing us more pain then we realize, and how the power of habit is the life force of health and beauty. If you are needing help with how to care for yourself inside and out then this is the episode for you. I learned a ton about the importance of alkalinity and will definitely be bringing it into my routine.
December 13, 2017
Marlie Cohen - Kale and Krunches
Today’s guest not only ditched her day job to feel more fulfilled, but created a healthy living brand in which she teaches, trains, and inspires others to live their healthiest lives. Marlie Cohen is a certified personal trainer, holistic health coach and creator of Kales and Krunches, and she is talking with me today about how her fitness goals around her wedding were more than to look good in the dress, the importance of shutting off, and why Instagram has been her favorite social media platform.
December 6, 2017
Michelle Siman x Josephine Cruz - DJ and Journalist
Today is a special episode because I am switching seats to become the interviewee instead of the interviewer. My amazing friend Jo took the reins and we discussed the how’s and why’s that I began my healthy lifestyle, why I am passionate about this podcast, and my obsession with chairs and mugs on Instagram. We also dig into my past, my present, and everything I have planned for the future. This episode will definitely give you a brief introduction to me and my personality. I hope you enjoy!
November 8, 2017