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The Good Mood Podcast

The Good Mood Podcast

By Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
The Good Mood Podcast is a series of conversations led by Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND about mental health, hormones and gut health.

On this podcast, we discuss topics surrounding: nutrition, body image, psychedelic medicines, herbal medicine, social justice, digestion, Polyvagal Theory, relationships and Attachment Theory, trauma, frontiers in counselling and psychotherapy, ADHD, OCD, addictions, depression, hormones, digestion, nutritional psychiatry and nutrition, supplementation, herbal medicine, and more.
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Episode 11: Treating Inflammation Using Plant-Based Nutrition and Mindset with Dr. Daina Patel, Chiropractic Doctor

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Episode 85: Homeopathy: Simillimums, Miasms and Dolphin Milk with Victor Cirone, HOM, DSHM, RH
In this episode Victor Cirone joins us for a third time, this time to talk about homeopathy.  We cover the who, why, what and where--the history, details and definition of homeopathic medicine as well as discuss healing philosophy, resistance to healing and fear of death (and dolphin's milk).    Victor Cirone is a Registered Homeopath with The College of Homeopaths of Ontario as well as a Registered Clinical Herbalist with the Ontario Herbalists Association. He graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine, and before that from Diane Kent’s program in clinical herbal medicine. He is a founding member of, and chief contributor to, Everything Herbal (, a project dedicated to fostering the practice of herbal medicine and related branches of natural healing.   In addition to his medical studies, he has a Master’s degree in Communication and Culture from York/Toronto Metropolitan University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He has also completed The Essentials of Psychoanalytic Therapy program offered by the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and has an extensive background in Jungian/Archetypal psychology and dreamwork. He is a published author, and lectures both nationally and internationally.  Victor practices Homeopathy and Herbal medicine because of the immense transformative powers that these modalities contain – both on individual and collective levels of experience.  He values direct experience, careful and attentive observation, and always strives to engage with his patients in a way that is authentic and deeply healing. He employs a range of medicines in his practice to suit the needs of the individual in their journey toward wholeness and wellness.    Find Victor at:   @victorcirone (Instagram)   Learn more:
September 23, 2022
Episode 84: Activate Your Energy: The Iron, Copper and Magnesium Connection with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND review (Cu)Re Your Fatigue by Morley Robbins, and explains the complex dynamic between iron metabolism, copper and magnesium and how they play a role in our energy production in the body and reduction of oxidative stress that leads to chronic disease. Energy is everything and a lack of energy and increase in oxidative stress may contribute to the rise in health conditions we see today.  Learn how iron, copper and magnesium harness the energy from oxygen in the mitochondria to optimize our mental, emotional and physical health and keep us free from disease.   Learn more:
August 15, 2022
Episode 83: Fascia, Lymph and Trauma with Nicole Argentieri, Registered Massage Therapist
On the Good Mood Podcast we've spoken before of fascia. We've even mentioned lymph, but this interview with Nicole takes it to a whole new level.  Nicole is a registered massage therapist with certifications in Fascial Stretch Therapy, Massage Therapy Body Mechanics, Reiki, Lymph, Performance Stretch Systems and Lifestretch. Her focus is on fascial stretch therapy and moving lymph. In this podcast we talk about fascia and its relationship to pain, trauma, fatigue and chronic health conditions and the lymphatic system. We speak about the mind-body connection and how somatic psychotherapy is the new talk therapy--trauma and memory is stored in the body: the lymph and fascia. In working with the body we often liberate these stuck emotions, stories and memories for processing.  Listen to the podcast for more!  Find Nicole at: Instagram: The Good Mood Project:  Naturopathic medicine: 
August 03, 2022
Episode 82: Circadian Rhythms, Hormones and Stress with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
This episode is a recording of an interview I did on Tracy Seider (of the Reshape Method)'s Facebook group. We talk about the stress response and hormones. How changes in your hormones can affect stress: sleep, energy and mood and how this can affect your Circadian Rhythms. We discuss the master stress hormone cortisol and how to tame it to promote stress resilience, energy, mood and longevity.  check out Tracy's Reshape Method here And her Facebook group here: Also check out my programs at including the Ant-Inflammatory Bundle where you can get 4 courses for $75 (until August 1st, when all my prices increase on the site). 
July 19, 2022
Episode 81: When my patients say they want to lose weight... with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, naturopathic doctor, discusses natural weight loss--when her patients want weight loss what are they actually asking for? What hormonal inputs cause unwanted fat gain and maintenance?  Why is calorie restriction not that answer?  What two lifestyle strategies does she recommend instead that restructure the metabolism and heal the cause of weight gain?     Resources: for the course You Weigh Less on the Moon for appointment booking, articles, more podcasts and more information on naturopathic medicine
June 20, 2022
Episode 80: The Anxiety Masterclass with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
Welcome to the 80th episode of the Good Mood Podcast!  To celebrate I've created another epic episode: The All About Anxiety Masterclass. This episode encompasses: how to rewire your anxious brain, how to support OCD, how to ride the waves of your emotions for 90 seconds and how to recover from stress and burnout.    This episode couples well with the other Masterclasses in this series: The Trauma Masterclass and The Nutrition Masterclass.   I never thought people would listen to long-ass podcasts like this, but they are the most-listened-to episodes. So, I guess this means you're like me. I love putting a pod in my ears to take in information while walking the dog, folding laundry, driving or cooking. It gives my eyes a rest, and allows me to learn while moving my body.    If you suffer from stress and anxiety or know someone who does, give this episode a listen or send it to your friends. These Masterclass podcasts are meant to be listened to in chunks, to have all your information in one place where you can digest them at your own pace.    I really hope you enjoy it! @drtaliand
May 25, 2022
Episode 79: Functional Movement and Alignment with Tracy Seider, Peri/Menopause Movement and Posture Coach
Your alignment habits can be stopping you from getting what you need out of your exercise: building muscle, preventing injury, and getting the shape you want. Alignment is everything. When I was a student I discovered the world of biomechanics: how the body is supposed to move, in alignment with the natural curvatures of the spine and angles of the joints. I learned about Katy Bowman, who taught me the way I was holding my arms stiff at my sides was preventing me from building tricep strength.  Tracy Seider is an alignment coach who studied with Katy Bowman. More specifically she is peri/menopause movement and posture coach, helping you find joy in movement by focusing on the foundations: proper alignment of the skeletal system, bones and joints.    When we are in alignment (physically and metaphorically) our joints and muscles work better. We experience less pain. Our nervous system can work properly. We are flexible, dynamic, fluid and robust.   Tracy and I talk about the difference between alignment and posture, how you need to align your body before you go for your daily walk, how 30 minutes of "exercise" will not outdo an entire day of chair-sitting, the nervous system (aka: how anxiety might lie with your tight hip flexors), why shoes are the devil, how to breathe properly and so much more. It was such a fun conversation and I feel Tracy and I could have gone on and on (especially about the shoe thing).    Tracy is the creator of the Reshape Method a 12-week program that balances alignment, muscle-building, mindset, breathing and consistency to help women in their 40s find the movement patterns that help align their shape and health.    You can check out her website here:   Her Facebook group: Her free posture quiz:   Her Instagram: Learn more: and 
May 13, 2022
Episode 78: Dancing with Dopamine: Mood, Motivation & Movement with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND describes how dopamine works in the brain. How does it connect to mood, motivation, desire, willpower, tenacity, self-efficacy, creativity and happiness? How can dopamine breed or affect satisfaction? How can we use dopamine to improve desire, motivation, executive functioning and pleasure?    Perhaps now you’re having trouble concentrating, feel anxious with a low mood, wish you were more motivated, excited and driven. Perhaps you’re having issues with memory and word recall. Perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed and scattered, having trouble being motivated. You procrastinate. You lose time on the couch. You’re dealing with lots of cravings and the need for stimulation through food, scrolling social media, or self-soothing behaviours like skin picking or addictive behaviours such as substance use. This podcast is for you.    Or perhaps you're a driven individual who struggles to find satisfaction in the here and now, who lives for tomorrow and can't exist without goals. This podcast is for you too.    Check out to learn about courses on how to support your blood sugar for stable prefrontal cortex activity.    Learn more:
May 06, 2022
Episode 77: You Are the Medicine with Asha Frost
"In my ways of knowing, medicine is the vital, healing energy that connects the Spirit, mind, and emotional bodies. It’s something carried by all living things. It is our connection, our roots, our life force. Medicine is something we all carry, birthed from our Ancestors and held by our Spirit."   - Asha Frost, "You are the Medicine"   Asha Frost (she/her) is an Indigenous Medicine Woman and member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. She is from the Crane Clan, the totem of leadership, and believes in holding space from vision and heart. As an energy healer, homeopath, and mentor, Asha has guided thousands of people through profound and lasting transformation.    Impacted by generational trauma and colonization, Asha has been on a lifelong journey of reclamation. A lupus diagnosis sent her on a path of studying and practicing a multitude of energy Medicine modalities with many guides. She has blended this life experience with her innate gifts and the wisdom of her Ancestors. She loves sharing her Medicine in powerful ways through Ceremonies, teachings, and speaking events. Through this work, she loves seeing people reclaim their roots, find their healing wisdom, and rise into their power.    Asha lives on Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat, and Haudenosaunee Territory, with her husband and two beautiful children, with whom she co-creates a better world for the seven generations to come.    You can find her book here: Instagram: @asha.frost  Website: 
April 15, 2022
Episode 76: The Nutrition Masterclass with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
Here's an all-in-one-podcast related to everything about nutrition that you were afraid to Google (or maybe did Google and ended up more confused). In this podcast I pull together previous pod episodes on nutrition, where I discuss cravings, the Dos and Don'ts of Human Nutrition, nutrients for mental health, and why eating meat is healing. This episode is more than 4 hours long--but I'm hoping it will be a one-stop-shop for your mental health nutrition education needs. Nutrition is a passion of mine. I love the mind-body connection, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, nature therapy, psychotherapy--I am so passionate about these things, but as a naturopathic doctor, I have seen nutrition, when done right to be the single most powerful tool for radically transforming our mental, emotional, physical and even spiritual, health.  Listen, take notes, I hope you enjoy.  Check out the course Feed Your Head here:
April 04, 2022
Episode 75: Thyroid and Mental Health with Dr. Katie Rothwell, ND
Dr. Katie is a Naturopathic Doctor, clinic owner, thyroid authority and educator. Her mission is to break the mold of traditional thyroid care and to bring evidenced-based thyroid education to practitioners and patients.    As a clinician, Dr. Rothwell uses her signature framework and a practical down to earth approach to help her patients navigate the confusing world of thyroid health.    As an educator, she is fiercely passionate about providing accurate, evidenced based thyroid education to a variety of health professionals including Naturopathic Doctors. She created her two flagship practitioner trainings before creating The Thyroid Academy, a revolutionary educational platform for both health professionals and the public.  She also lectures regularly to her ND colleagues and provides consulting services across North America.    Find Katie at:  Instagram:  Her website:
March 25, 2022
Episode 74: Perinatal Mental Health and "Impossible Parenting" with Dr. Niki Nephin, ND
I talk with my friend Dr. Niki Nephin about... a whole lot of things related to perinatal mental health. We discuss post-partum anxiety and depression, the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period, the social and environmental factors that shape post-partum mental health, how it's "not just serotonin", recreating the village, shame, stigma and the silencing of the struggles of birthing parents, and a whole bunch of other things.  Niki is super real. She's a cool ND who shares her post-natal struggles with her first born (she's now a mother of 3). She's also a naturopathic doula. Her passion is helping families grow and thrive through pregnancy, birth, and the great beyond. In the words of her bio: it takes a village, she's ready to be part of yours.  Find Niki at: Her website: Her Instagram:
March 18, 2022
Episode 73: The Trauma Masterclass with Ayan Mukherjee, Registered Psychotherapist
Everyone has trauma. We all have past experiences that left a mark on our nervous systems, which might in our adult lives cause nervous system dysregulation, leading to symptoms of brain fog, emotional numbness, anxiety and depression, issues with sleep and digestion, and chronic inflammation. Ayan Mukherjee is a registered psychotherapist and EMDR therapist and consultant. He has a focus in trauma and dissociation.  Here are two back-to-back episodes with Ayan from the Good Mood Podcast, wrapped up into one trauma-informed masterclass that you can listen to in one go.  We talk about trauma and how it works in the brain, how EMDR can help, what dissociation is and how to treat it differently than other types of nervous system dysregulation, and Polyvagal Theory.  Find Ayan at:
March 12, 2022
Episode 72: Navigating Mental Health with Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND
Dr. Christina Bjorndal is the OG of mental health naturopathic doctors. We talk about her story of living through an eating disorder, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and a suicide attempt and how she found her way to naturopathic medicine.    We talk transformation, mental health nutrition, treating the physical, bipolar disorder, medication and working with a label among many more topics! Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND is considered an authority in the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders and eating disorders using a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual approach.  Having overcome many mental health challenges, Dr. Chris is a gifted speaker and best selling author who has shared her wellness philosophy with platforms such as the Jenny McCarthy show, the International Bipolar Foundation, and many health summits and docuseries. She is recognized as a top ND to follow by two independent organizations. Her book “Beyond the Label” is a comprehensive guide to naturopathic mental health. Mental Health Books: Beyond the Label: 10 Steps to Improve your Mental Health with Naturopathic Medicine The Essential Diet: Eating for Mental Health From Shadows to Light: A Whole Human Approach to Mental Health Moving Beyond: A Journal into Self-Discovery Courses: Moving Beyond 10 week course Integrative Mental Health Clinician’s Course Retreat: Mental Health Masterclass To book Dr. Chris to speak to your organization visit Follow Talia:
March 03, 2022
Episode 71: Vaccines, Immunity and Informed Consent with Dr. Taylor Bean, ND
In British Columbia, Canada, naturopathic doctors with a certificate can vaccinate children 5 and up (Ontario NDs do not have vaccination in our scope). Dr. Taylor Bean is one such doctor. In this episode we chat vaccination, what it is, how a vaccination naturopathic doctor does vaccines, who vaccines are for, what Informed consent looks like and the case against mandates. We also talk about why vaccination is such a divisive and emotional topic vs. exercise and nutrition, for example.   Dr. Taylor Bean is a Naturopathic Doctor and owner of TaylorMade Wellness in Salmon Arm, BC.  She has experience working largely with families, young ones and mamas-to-be.   She brings her wisdom as a mother of two to help women achieve a healthy pregnancy and smooth labour.  She has worked overseas In Singapore for two years which improved her skills in chronic illness as she saw various patients in SE Asia, India and Australia who were unable to find the care they needed.  From her experience working overseas, to now 6 years working in Canada, she has been able to blend Eastern and Western approaches from a clinical and cultural perspective.    While working in Singapore, Dr. Bean worked with several families who wanted to optimize their experience with vaccination. Since then, Dr. Bean has completed the Immunization Certification to administer vaccines in her office, created a vaccine optimization webinar series, and supports families globally who want more information on vaccines from a respectful, transparent and informed choice point of view.    Overall, her passion lies in supporting:   •          Lyme disease and co-infections   •          Pre- and post-natal care including labour support   •          Pediatrics including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, SPD  •          Digestive complaints particularly SIBO and IBS   •          Vaccine optimization and education   •          Genetic report analysis (MTHFR)   Find Taylor at:  Instagram @drtaylorbean
February 24, 2022
Episode 70: Healing Chronic Illness and Pain with Edna Pereira, Registered Psychotherapist
When we are diagnosed with a chronic illness or suffering from chronic pain, our life, our identity and our future flash before our eyes. Experiencing these changes to our physical health and well-being can be life-changing.  Edna Pereira is a registered psychotherapist whose focus is in helping her clients manage and heal from chronic pain and chronic illness through validation, acceptance, and learning to live with their experience in a place of non-judgement and self-compassion.   Edna has a nonjudgmental and inclusive approach to collaborate with you to best meet her clients' needs and life goals through strength-based narrative, solution-focused, emotion-focused, and cognitive-behavioural modalities.   She has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). She is a Certified Life Coach with the Certified Coaches Federation (CCF) and a Certified Holistic Nutritionist through the American Fitness and Professionals Association (AFPA).   Find Edna at:
February 17, 2022
Episode 69: The Akashic Records and the Energy of Choice with Andra Wochesen, energy coach
I talk with Andra Wochesen about the energy of choice, and how to heal using the Akashic records.   Andra Wochesen is multi-certified Coach, with training in Law of Attraction, Reiki, Soul Realignment, Tapping into Wealth and Quantum Flow. This unique combination of skills coupled with intuitive coaching and energy techniques creates an extremely integrated, highly embodied experience for her clients. This approach enables her to support her clients in releasing any subconscious blocks that may be preventing them from flourishing while simultaneously connecting to their innate Soul gifts so they can fully thrive in their lives & businesses. At the core of her work, she helps her clients to not only understand but truly embody their worth and value so that they can show up fully, authentically and in alignment with their gifts which directly impacts their ability to receive higher levels of income and prosperity. Website: Andra's Soul Gifts Special Offer: an offering on energy centres and Soul group and how that connects to life, business and career. Instagram: @awakenyourinspiration 
February 10, 2022
Episode 68: Ketamine-Assisted Therapy with Dr. Rae St. Arnault, ND
On the latest episode of the Good Mood Podcast I talk to naturopathic doctor Rae St. Arnault about ketamine-assisted therapy. We talk the legality of psychedelic medicines, using psychedelics for depression, how a ketamine-assisted therapy session works, who it might be beneficial for, and Dr. Rae's more recent work on bringing psychedelic therapy to First Nations communities in Canada. Dr. Rae St. Arnault is a Naturopathic Physician practicing in Vancouver, BC, and is the co-founder of Empower Health Clinic, a multidisciplinary health clinic that started the first legal, interdisciplinary ketamine-assisted therapy programs in Canada. Her approach to health has also been based on team-based, integrative care designed to elicit change on the personal, business and community levels. Dr. Rae is also a co-founder of the Psychedelic Development Corporation (a strategic consulting agency supporting the development, growth, and maturation of psychedelic-assisted therapy), the Ketamine Assisted Therapy Association of BC (a non-profit with focus on policy change and accessibility), was a co-founder of the Canadian Psychedelic Association, a former program and clinic manager at Numinus Wellness, and a founder of a former community-based psychedelic integration network called the Jubilant People. A recognized psychedelic industry expert, Dr. St. Arnault has consulted both clinics and professionals on psychedelic protocols, governance and regulations, and has worked with teams and professionals in the design and implementation of research and clinical protocols with the intention of bringing psychedelic medicine into the mainstream. Instagram: @empowerhealthca
February 02, 2022
Episode 67: Burnout and the Stress Cycle with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
Episode 67 of the Good Mood Podcast is all about Burnout and the Stress Cycle.  Drawing from the book Burnout: The secret to unlocking the stress cycle by Emily and Amelia Nagoski, Polyvagal Theory, General Adaptation Theory, and other stress-response models we talk about burnout, rest, replenishment, dopamine/serotonin, motivation, protein, and how to heal your body, mind and emotions from chronic physical, mental and emotional exhaustion.   check out the Cortisol Care Challenge for $5  Learn more about naturopathic medicine, from 1:1 visits and other educational resources: and 
December 29, 2021
Episode 66: Rewire Your Anxious Brain with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
I review the book Rewire Your Anxious Brain by Dr. Catherine M. Pittman, PhD where she talks about the two types of anxiety, amygdala and cortex-based anxiety, or body-based and worry-based anxiety.  We talk about how to recognize the features of these two types of anxiety, what is going on in the brain with both and how to nutritionally, behaviourally and cognitively rewire your brain to reduce your symptoms.    Learn more: 
December 16, 2021
Episode 65: Meat Play Love: The Benefits of Eating Meat with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
I talk about the benefits of eating meat: for mental health, hormones, mood from a nutrient perspective, and how eating meat can heal the environment through regenerative agriculture.    Resources: The Carnivore Code, Paul Saladino, MD  The $100 Billion Ingredient Making Your Food Toxic Courses: Booking and appointments: 
November 30, 2021
Episode 64: It's not me---It's OCD: on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
In this solo episode Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND talks about OCD: the biological and neurological underpinnings, the symptoms, behaviour therapy, and nutritional support. It is possible to overcome OCD symptoms--the key is to learn where the symptoms arise in the brain and how to combat them to break the obsession-anxiety-compulsion-relief cycle.   I discuss Jeffrey Schwartz's book Brain Lock and naturopathic nutritional and supplemental support including Dr. James Greenblatt's ZEEBRA method. Learn more about nutrition for mental health: Jeffrey Schwarz's Book: The parts of the brain affected by OCD: Caudate nucleus (the gear shift, located in the striatum/basal ganglia) Orbital Cortex (the error detection system) The thalamus (relay centre for senses) The cingulate gyrus ("something is off, something bad will happen, if I don't---" Neurotransmitters associated: serotonin and glutamate  The 4 Steps in Brain Lock Relabel  Reattribute  Refocus  Revalue  for appointment booking: 
November 20, 2021
Episode 63: All About Inflammation: The Real Root Cause of Depression with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
Depression is not a neurotransmitter disorder--it is an inflammatory condition. In this solo episode, I talk about chronic low-grade inflammation and how it contributes to virtually every chronic health condition, including mental health conditions and how to construct an anti-inflammatory lifestyle to start feeling like yourself again.    To learn more about courses, check out (my Food Sensitivities Course, You Weight Less on the Moon, and Feed Your Head).    To book an appointment visit
October 19, 2021
Episode 62: 90 Seconds to Emotional Resilience with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
In this solo episode I review the book "90 Seconds to a Life You Love" by Joan Rosenberg, PhD, who teaches us how to develop more mental and emotional resilience if we are willing to stay open to our experience and ride the 90-second waves of eight unpleasant emotions to their completion.  We talk purging, grief, trauma, and describe the unpleasant emotions. We unpack anxiety as a coping mechanism that helps us avoid the discomfort of these emotions, and the importance of heading into them willingly.  We are not afraid of certain outcomes, we're afraid of the emotions they might bring us.  Learn more 
October 11, 2021
Episode 61: The Wisdom of Cravings with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
What do your cravings mean? Are they pesky sensations in the body that compel us to binge eat junk food and struggle with our weight? Or, do they contain inherent wisdom that can guide us to the right food choices for supporting our health and wellness? I talk about a landmark study from the 1930s in which researchers allowed babies to choose their own diets---the results are pretty remarkable. I also discuss how sugar cravings can be an important signal that tell us how well we're managing our blood sugar, nourishing with protein, and eating enough.  This is a really exciting episode because cravings come up in virtually every consult I have with patients and we haven't been trained to understand exactly how they serve us or what they mean--unfortunately the "gunk" of Big Food have polluted our ability to truly observe, understand and respond to the Wisdom of our Cravings.  Listen to learn more! Check out the course You Weigh Less on the Moon here:
September 24, 2021
Episode 60: Informed Consent, Your Right to Bodily Autonomy with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
In this solo episode, Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND outlines the principles of Informed Consent and medical decision-making from a place of personal empowerment, bodily autonomy, dignity and choice.  To learn more about Good Mood Project Courses visit:
August 27, 2021
Episode 59: Raising Healthy Kids with Nicholas Hundley, nutritional biochemist
In this podcast Nic and I discuss healing philosophy, mental health and the brain, nutrition and how to raise a healthy family. I have so many patients who come in for help, and are set on transformation only to succumb to the overwhelm of making 3 separate meals: one for their kids, one for their partner and one for themselves. It's a losing battle. Often our families don't get what or why we're trying to do with our health.  And this is unfortunate, because good health starts from childhood, and we have a unique opportunity to set kids up for healthy lives as adults by teaching them about nutrition, honing their palates, and helping them learn about their bodies and minds, and what they can start doing to keep them healthy.  Working with families sets individuals up for better success, because when our whole community is on board with health transformation it makes it so much easier to find success on our journey.  Nic and I talk about how he coaches families to improve their nutritional habits. He has 4 kids of his own and didn't want to see them succumb to his own "genetic" health issues. Giving your family the gift of good health is one of the best things that you can bestow them with and Nic was determined to do this with his family.  We talk about how we can convince kids to eat better, what to do about picky eaters, and how to support families in making these tweaks to their diet and lifestyle and how to encourage everyone to get on board.  You can find Nic at: Nic is a nutritionist and biochemist, working towards a degree as a nurse practitioner. He is a mental health practitioner and runs the website Mind Whale You can find him at and on Instagram: Nicholas Hundley, MS, CNS, is a father, nutritionist, biochemist, and wellness teacher who is deeply committed to improving lives through optimizing brain, metabolic, and immunologic health. He is expecially committed to helping children and families transition to a long-term, health-supportive lifestyle. After obtaining his graduate degree in biochemistry, he obtained his Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credential and focused his learning on understanding how nutrition impacts illness. Nicholas has received advanced training in functional medicine, integrative medicine, nutrition, nutrigenomics, mental health (including autism, ADHD, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, and more), functional immunology (autoimmunity and allergies), environmental medicine (including environmental toxins), and neurology. Nicholas is trained in the application of dietary interventions to support the nutritional needs found in physical and mental health conditions. Working with your licensed healthcare professional, he can help identify areas of focus and guide a plan of nutritional care to support the body's natural healing and detoxification processes for improved functioning. He guides families through lifestyle change with his Illumination Program that includes education and coaching to achieve lasting habit change. Nicholas' friendly manner, dedicated concern, wide knowledge base, and detailed insight are motivating and make healing a pleasant process. To learn about nutrition for mental health check out my 4-week course, Feed Your Head:
July 19, 2021
Episode 58: Hair Peace, Bed Peace with Taylor Morozova, hair stylist and beauty expert
This is a podcast about mental health. And while it may seem trivial, I suppose, hair loss is one of the most psychologically and emotionally upsetting symptoms that plagues the people who come into my office.  Treating hair loss is also sometimes the bane of my existence. There are so many reasons why hair loss can occur, or why someone may deal with brittle or dry hair. There are so many different TYPEs of hair loss. And, even more difficult, many causes are difficult to reverse, such as hormonal hair loss, and, the reversible causes take time, three to six months at least to see new regrowth.  A few years ago I started to experience hair loss. And, it seemed like almost every patient who came into my office at that time was experiencing the same. There's nothing as confidence-destroying as being asked to solve a problem in others that you haven't found a solution to in yourself. I felt like a fraud. I did, however, manage to get on top of the shedding only to experience more hair loss this year.  Again, I've been able to get on top of it, but again, treating hair loss isn't easy.  One of my go-to gurus for all things hair is Taylor Morozova, a hair stylist, beauty expert (and Jill of All Trades). She's a lake surfer, who now surfs the ocean in Florida, and the host of the Weird Waves Podcast. She works in fashion and owns a hair salon in a doctor's office (which is an important but interesting juxtaposition).  According to Taylor (and I agree) our hair, skin and nails are not just aesthetic aspects of our bodies, their health are key indicators of our body's entire state. Often the first signs of disease or imbalance show up in these superficial organs, and so working with someone who is helping you pay attention to changes in these areas are crucial for supporting your health and preventing disease.  Taylor and I talk about hair loss, hair care, including what products to focus on and how to choose a shampoo regime (hint: natural is not always better!), and whether thickening shampoos or scalp treatments are worth it. We even talk about hair brushes that can support hair growth, and the importance of scalp massage and correctly identifying the cause of hair loss in order to create a plan to treat it.  This is such a cool episode, and I know you'll get something out of it if you struggle with hair loss and slow regrowth.  Find Taylor on Instagram: For information on body image and the impact of weight loss diets on hair (and how to reboot your metabolism to kickstart hair growth among other things, sign up for my course You Weigh Less on the Moon!
June 28, 2021
Episode 57: The Dos and Don'ts of Human Nutrition with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
Is nutrition a confusing and sometimes shame-inducing topic for you? Do you read one headline after the next confused about coconut oil, bananas, red meat, or what foods are "good" and what foods are "bad"? The topic is daunting, so I created this solo episode, on the The Dos and Don'ts of Human Nutrition. You can hardly blame us. As someone who studies health and nutrition for a living, even I find myself caught up in this health claim game of ping-pong. How could one claim be true if the complete opposite claim was being made? Was coconut oil the devil incarnate, or the next belly-fat blasting super food? Do vegan diets cure diabetes or cause it? With conditions like cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and mental health conditions, on the rise, it becomes imperative that we make an effort to understand the health impact of our food choices. Understanding the Do’s and Don’t’s of Nutrition can help us harness the power of food to heal the body and prevent disease. For more on nutrition, check out my course Feed Your Head
June 14, 2021
Episode 56: Preventing and healing diabetes by supporting your metabolic health and blood sugar with Dr. Christina De Avila, ND CDE
Christina De Avila is a certified diabetes educator and naturopathic doctor. In this episode, we talk type II diabetes — how lifestyle is really at the core of managing this very common and chronic, often devastating, end-stage condition, and how to take a balanced approach to modifying one’s lifestyle: it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing Diet with a capital D.  Small, meaningful changes that are strategic, and individualized is where it’s at and this requires time which is why we both feel strongly about the ND model: we get to know you and your unique needs and lifestyle and work from there. But it’s not just type II diabetes—type II diabetes is an end-point stage of pre-diabetes and insulin resistance and metabolic dysfunction which I see every. day. In my patients who don’t have any actual signs of diabetes. We talk about how insulin resistance and metabolic dysfunction is on a continuum and many people fall somewhere on that continuum without even knowing it. Things like fatigue after eating, abdominal weight gain, brain fog and inflammation, anxiety, mood issues, fatty liver and elevated triglycerides, PCOS, or other hormone dysfunctions, and so on, ca all be signs that the body is not sensitive to insulin. I talk blood sugar all. the. time. Over and over again I feel like I’m on repeat and it’s so important because it’s a core fundamental imbalance I see when it comes to mood and hormones, so I’l l keep repeating myself until I die or until everyone’s blood sugar is regulated. So listen in, we talk some great tips, Christina is very articulate and knowledgeable and explains it all very well so you can explain it to your friends with ease and look like the smartest person in the room. Also, remember to check out You Weigh Less on the Moon where I talk about weight loss diets and how they don’t work (for regulating your insulin or diabetes, etc.) and how really working WITH your body and loving yourself AND eating intuitively (which we also discuss a bit in the podcast) is where it’s at. AND that there are key components that can drive metabolic dysfunction and contribute to unwanted fat gain but addressing them is not as simple as just cutting carbs, or calories, or cutting out meals—it’s about understanding the root cause and supporting metabolism with the right nutrients and lifestyle practices. The course comes with 38 mini lessons including journalling prompts, visualizations and meditation to help you connect more closely with your body and metabolism. It’s $34 for lifestyle access that you can work through at your own pace, anytime. Find Christina:  Instagram: Her Website: Join You Weigh Less on the Moon
June 07, 2021
Episode 55: You Weigh Less on the Moon with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
I don't like treating weight loss. As a naturopathic doctor, my principles are to treat the root cause of disease, do no harm, and work with the healing power of nature. Most patients who want to lose weight expect to be put on a calorie-restricted diet and, frustratingly, calorie-restricted diets don't work.  Most people enter a cycle of calorie (or carb, or meal) restriction, find the diet gets harder, they inevitably fall off the wagon, and "cheat", and then gain the weight back and more. This is why 95% of people who go on a diet, gain everything back and more in the subsequent 1 to 5 years. A yet even modern medicine conspires to recommend weight loss to patients with pre-diabetes, or diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hormonal conditions like PCOS.  But, in the words of Linda Bacon from her Scientific American article "Fat is Not a Problem", "Telling people they need to lose weight is a lot like telling someone with a cold to stop sneezing so much—it may not be possible and won’t make the cold go away." The problem is that, in order to lose weight, we need to get healthy---metabolically healthy.  And now, because of diet culture, we often have to break through walls of stigma, shame, yo-yo dieting, poor relationships with food, and body image, in order to get to the core of metabolic healing, which works very differently from traditional weight loss methods, and may not result in immediate weight loss, or any weight loss at all, despite being beneficial to your body as a whole.  So, I created a course called You Weight Less on the Moon, on my site The Good Mood Project (check the link in bio to join for just $34).  This episode of the Good Mood Podcast gives you a sneak peak in to the first chapter, called "Why Diets Don't Work", as well as my story with body image, food, and dieting---it should be an interesting listen if you're at all interested in dismantling diet culture, and restoring metabolic health through root cause, guilt and shame-free medicine that honours your body's wisdom and hunger cues.  About the course:  The course contains 11 Chapters and 38 lessons, with mini videos, journalling prompts, and audio meditations and visualizations. It even contains a 40-minute yoga flow.  We talk about body image, diet culture, and weight stigma Metabolism, set point weight, reverse dieting, and stress' impact on the metabolism Hormonal causes of metabolic dysfunction: cortisol, insulin, leptin, the thyroid hormones, and the sex hormones. Relationship with food: Intuitive and Mindful Eating.  Body Image: self-compassion, body neutrality, and Polyvagal Theory The digestive system and lymphatic system Gentle nutrition, such as reducing inflammation and satiety building And embodied lifestyle practices for helping us develop more interoception to start improving our attention and attunement to the body's cues.  Listen here to the beginning of the course and, if you want to join for lifetime access, click the link in the show notes to join or find the course at  Join the course:
May 31, 2021
Episode 54: Depression and the Impossible Task with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
Depression is a sneaky little bugger. Most people associate it with sadness--crying, etc.  And yes, while sadness can be a common feature of depression, low motivation and activation, leading to something called "The Impossible Task" can be pretty universal as well.   In this solo episode I highlight the features of the Impossible Task, explain why it exists from a biochemical/neuroscience perspective, and how to tackle it with curiosity and compassion. Check out courses on how to support your mood, mental health, and hormones at Become a member!  - Talia 
May 24, 2021
Episode 53: A Conversation with an Elder with Dr. Verna Hunt, ND and Dr. David Miller, ND on That Naturopathic Podcast
This is an episode that originally aired on That Naturopathic Podcast, the famous ND podcast with host Dr. David Miller, ND (the Gut Gangsta, who appeared in one of the episodes on this pod, where we talk about the vagus nerve). TNP interviews NDs in our profession doing something a little different to give you a sense of what it's like to work with us, to go behind your "normal" blood tests, or your multi-pharmacy prescription to tackle health in a holistic, integrated way that addresses the root cause of disease.  That Naturopathic Podcast is doing something a little different right now too. Dave is working with Dr. Verna Hunt, ND an elder in our profession with 42 years of practice under her belt to preserve some of the roots of our profession.  They did a series, which you can check out, and then started getting NDs to get coached by Verna, to talk philosophy of the profession, to gain some wisdom.  I once heard true wisdom is gained at age 42. Well, Verna has 42 years of experience as an ND--a whole batch of wisdom right there.  We talk patient care and empowerment, how to help patients by teaching them to communicate with their bodies, and to feel in control of their treatment. Dr. Verna shares her elder knowledge on these topics, giving examples of experiences she has had over the years Instagram:
May 17, 2021
Episode 52: Helping Young People Cope with the Pandemic on the Queen's Power Podcast
“I was involved in ______ and then, the Pandemic hit...” how many of us have that story? I feel so so lucky to have had surfing in the last year. Something to get me out, give me purpose, exercise and community. Something that can be done outside at a distance, for relatively little money (once you have the gear, that is). I did a podcast with Queen’s University’s Health and Nutrition Society. They told me students are staying up all night, sleeping all day, feeling isolated and asked me for some tips (as an ND and Queen’s grad). Things are so hard right now. It’s not easy. But you must must must find purpose. Find routine. Find your community (or start one). Undergrad was really hard on my mental health. I remember my time at Queen’s with mixed emotions. I can’t imagine being there (or anywhere as a student or young person) now. But we don’t have a choice. Our lives have forever changed but our bodies and souls still need what they need. How can we find strength and support in this time? I personally have let the ball get away from me over and over again this past year. But... what else can we do but jog over to it, bouncing sadly and weakly in the corner, and pick it up again? Maybe it’s ok. It’s already here. This is a cross post, the original Queen's Power Podcast can be accessed here  I talked to Alexandra (Ali) Romain a second year engineering chemistry student at Queen's about mood, hormones, and mental health, including tops on how to keep to a schedule (and the benefits of doing so and no! Don't go, schedules can be sexy and fun--contrary to limiting your spontaneity they can be your ticket to freedom and wellbeing).  In fact, I wish I was a better scheduler when I was at Queen's. I wish I'd known about adaptogenic herbs. I wish I'd known about the important of sleep. I was forced to organize myself while I was there but not without going through some major growing pains and mental health dips along the way. I try to impart some wisdom to my younger self, as well as all the students and young people out there going through this time.  This episode is for you if you're struggling right now. If you're in your teens or twenties or have someone in your life who is, please listen and let me know what you think. For more on coping I highly recommended episodes 50 and 51 with Victoria Sabo, registered psychotherapist where we discuss our collective emotions surrounding the pandemic and (in episode 51) where we run through 10 major points that can help us cope.  Instagram: @qhnsclub
May 10, 2021
Episode 51: Strength and Resilience During Hard Times: Surviving the Lockdowns Part 2 with Victoria Sabo, RP
Victoria Sabo, registered psychotherapist is back for a second episode where we talk about surviving the lockdowns, this time part 2.  We spent the last episode lingering in validation and acknowledgment of all the things going on during this past year with our mental health.  Victoria talked about increased cognitive load, the "Covid Fatigue" characterized by lack of motivation, exhaustion and anxiety, as well as the loss of identity that comes from missing social structures and important points of connection.  It was important to highlight the problem--to shed light on it. To share in a common humanity. This is not a normal time. It's an abnormal response to an abnormal situation.  But, we left off the last episode thinking... well we highlighted the problem but what are the solutions? We've never done this before. We've never helped people through this before. What are some important skills, tools, resources that we can point people to to help them through this time?   And so think of this episode as a kind of Pandemic Survivor's Guide for the psyche.  Victoria highlights 10 things that we dive into in more detail in this 2 hour podcast that actually plays out a bit like a Masterclass on how to build resources for challenging times.    1) validating and normalizing  2) Self-Care 3) boundaries, transitions, unplugging  4)mindfulness and grounding  5) managing uncertainty  6) meaning making/sense of purpose  7) coping with a lack of physical touch  8) remembering who you are  9) following values not goals  10) seeking help and connection in new ways   Victoria Sabo is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Western University, with an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour from McMaster University.   Find Victoria online at:    Her clinic's website:
May 03, 2021
Episode 50: Surviving the Lockdowns with Victoria Sabo, Registered Psychotherapist
As Ontario, Canada heads toward a third round of lockdowns, we're experiencing what Victoria Sabo and her colleagues call "Covid Fatigue". That low motivation, low-grade anxiety, indescribable feeling and set of emotions that characterize our response to over a year of this pandemic.  Victoria and I met to talk about the issues that people are experiencing: whether they be children, essential or frontline workers, immunologically impaired, or those who have lost businesses.  Victoria is a registered psychotherapist who works in Toronto at Psychotherapy in the City. Victoria Sabo is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Western University, with an Honors Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour from McMaster University. Victoria works with youth and adults experiencing a wide variety of concerns including stress, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, school, identity exploration, life transitions, rehabilitation, and trauma. As a therapist, she works to provide a safe, open, and non-judgemental space for clients to explore and process their experiences. Understanding that each client's story is unique, she applies an integrative and flexible approach specifically tailored for each unique journey. Generating solutions, creating meaning, and fostering growth, are all possible using resources within the self. Through self-exploration, making connections, enhancing knowledge, and building skills, Victoria empowers her clients to access and further develop their inner strengths as tools for wellness. Victoria follows an anti-oppressive framework, operating within feminist, LGBTTIQQ2SA+, and culturally-informed perspectives that accept, celebrate, and are sensitive to, all sexualities, genders, family structures, ethnicities, and religions. Over the years, she has provided support to children and youth living with disabilities while working to increase service accessibility and has provided gender-informed programming for vulnerable young girls. As a previous researcher supported by Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy, Victoria advocated for services to assist in the healing and upward mobility of families economically and socially marginalized by society. Passionate for youth justice, she has published articles and spoken at conferences giving voice to the experiences and struggles of justice-involved youth in order to inform rehabilitative efforts. Victoria and I talk about the difficulties her clients and my patients are experiencing during these Lockdowns and the pandemic in general. What some of the symptoms of Covid Fatigue are, some of the social justice issues surrounding the pandemic, some of the unique isolating situations some of our patients/clients find themselves in and what can be done about it.  A lot of the people I work with are suffering and it's time to speak about it: to validate it, bring attention to it and take some lift off the cognitive load of the struggles that we've been dealing with.  Go easy on yourselves, this is a challenging time.  Stay safe out there, my friends. Find Victoria online at:  Her clinic's website: For Black Ontarians experiencing issues with the police contact Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) at 1-877-736-9406 or visit
April 26, 2021
Episode 49: Dissociation, Trauma and Polyvagal Theory with Ayan Mukherjee, Registered Psychotherapist
Ayan comes back on the Good Mood Podcast to talk Polyvagal Theory, trauma and dissociation. In our last episode together we talked trauma and how trauma lives in and impacts the brain. We also talked extensively on the science and process of a trauma-based therapy, EMDR, which helps to rewire traumatic experiences in the brain. We left that last episode off, talking about the exceptions--the people that EMDR doesn't work for (the, "I tried EMDR and it just made me feel sleepy").  Ayan noticed that this was happening to some of his clients and so he did a deep-dive into Polyvagal Theory and working with dissociation, a very common trauma response.  In this episode we talk about various responses to trauma, more on Polyvagal (the first pod on Polyvagal was with my colleague Dr. Steph a few episodes back, check it out it's one of the most-listened to episodes) and our nervous system. We also talk about the variety of dissociative disorders that can manifest in someone who has experienced trauma.  Ayan also provides excellent DIY solutions you can start now, such as great books and resources as well as how to choose a therapist who is trauma and dissociation-informed.  Ayan is a great guest--he's full of knowledge nuggets and lots of practice take-homes as he has a wealth of great experience from his busy online therapy practice.  Ayan is a registered psychotherapist and Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant in-training. He specializes in EDMR, anxiety, low self-esteem, childhood trauma, PTSD and dissociative disorders. Ayan uses EMDR, Internal Family Systems, somatic therapies and Structural Dissociation. He began his psychotherapy career later in life after a 9-year career in commercial banking.  Find Ayan at:  His website: and (where he sells illustrated therapy tools).  Some resources mentioned in this episode:
April 19, 2021
Episode 48: Peaceful Periods, PCOS and Why Ovulation is Good for Your Mood with Dr. Anne Hussain, ND
Dr. Anne Hussain is back on the Good Mood Podcast to talk peaceful periods, PCOS and why Ovulation is good for your mood--not just for fertility.  In this pod episode we talk about the menstrual cycle, how our hormones impact our mood, problems with the oral contraceptive, and why ovulation is not just important for fertility--it builds the progesterone in your body that can vastly impact your mood and overall health.  Dr. Anne struggled with PCOS, Hashimoto's thyroiditis and has a genetic anemia called thalassemia. Through her research she got to work on regulating her periods, and now helps other menstruators do the same. She follows a plant-based lifestyle and abides by the following principles (which I liked so much, I swiped from her website).  Our healthcare system is failing too many people. Women are more prone than men to being dismissed and disregarded; this is more pronounced in the BIPOC and non-heteronormative population. Male models are applied to women all the time – women are not little men! Trans people have all their health concerns blamed on their hormone therapy. We ALL deserve access to healthcare that supports us. Your healthcare should be a discussion and your care plan should be one that takes you, your history, and your lifestyle into account. Synthetic hormones are not the only option when it comes to menstrual and hormonal health concerns – medication is ONE of many options. There is a time and place for medication. Medication is often overused for multifactorial conditions like acne, painful periods, PMS, and mood swings. Our culture of perpetual productivity is running us into the ground and we must learn to lean into our body’s natural cyclical rhythms of ebb and flow to fully show up. We also need to create and find more moments of peace, joy, and pleasure in life. Everything in our bodies is connected – nothing works in isolation. As such, the food we eat, the thoughts we think, the people we spend time with, the information we consume, our financial situations, the way we move, and the products we use on our body ALL play a role in our health. Your healthcare plan should address all of these areas. When we support our health and well-being, only then can we fully show up for ourselves, our dreams and goals, and the people who matter most. We need all kinds of people in all kinds of roles in the world. Anne is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic medicine, an ND and a naturopathic doula. She also volunteers with Naturopaths without Borders. If you struggle with hormonal issues like irregular periods, mood-related fluctuations throughout your cycle, heavy bleeding, or are just curious about how your hormones can send your mood on a roller coaster or smooth joy ride, take a listen!  Find Anne at: Her website: Instagram:
April 12, 2021
Episode 47: Hacking Your ADHD with Erica Robinson, Health Coach
Erica is back on the Good Mood Podcast to talk ADHD and how we can heal our inflamed brains with nutrition. We talk the symptoms of ADHD, what goes on in the brain, Erica's journey with getting diagnosed and trying Vyvanse for 9 months, to how she mastered her productivity and brain health using nutrition. According to Erica a lot of people with ADHD go undiagnosed, as their symptoms don't fit the typical picture of hyperactivity we often expect to see.  We talk mindset, organization, diagnosis, Polyvagal Theory, histamine, glutamate, brain inflammation, nutrition for ADHD and how to master your mind when making nutritional changes for your health. We use transformative coaching, lifestyle techniques, mindset work, nutrition, supplements, exercise, hydrotherapy and more to achieve these results. We work alongside existing medication prescriptions. This a fun and dynamic conversation between friends in which we're joined by Erica's 8-month old Maeve. We're always chatting health and philosophy and this podcast recording feels like a typical conversation between the two of us (usually recorded back and forth over Whatsapp audio recordings).  Erica offers online coaching programs dedicating to transforming the health of those who suffer from ADHD. She has a Doctor of Naturopathy degree from CCNM with a focus in fertility, pregnancy, family health, hormones and weight loss. She has a Kinesiology and health science specialized degree from York and is a registered holistic nutritionist.  Find Erica at: Her Website:  Instagram:
April 05, 2021
Episode 46: My Year of Being Bad with "Ray"
I think we're starving. Not for food per se, but something else. Something deeper. Something perhaps more nourishing (once you have enough food, of course). We're starving for pleasure. And this can show up with low appetite. Think about how if all you ate was the gruel porridge they were eating in the Matrix you probably wouldn't be that interested in food anymore. We're hungry for pleasure and adventure and because we're often missing these things, or don't know how to get them or if we deserve them, we go without. We start to lose our appetite, our libido, our energy, our vitality.  We might fall into patterns of despair and hopelessness or irritability and resentment.  Ray (named changed to protect her and her family's privacy) noticed this. She noticed she needed JUICE. And so, she spent a year "being bad". What does that mean? Well I asked her and she responded, "Sex, drugs and rock and roll of course!" And so right away you can probably tell that this is a juicy episode.  It's also an incredibly inspiring episode. Pleasure is beauty personified. It starts with the body. Can you enjoy the feeling and the look of your own body? Can you recognize it as an element of nature, no more or less perfect than a flower, a tree, or a pond? Ray went on this journey, learning how to feel into her physical experience, to lean into life. Into pleasure. She did this through exploring plant medicines, her sexuality (which takes her to the world of erotic and kink).  We talk beauty, sex, spirituality, motherhood, embodiment, libido, pleasure, and many other things. It truly is a juicy episode AND I believe that no matter where you are in your journey, we could all learn to embrace body acceptance, to experience our bodies as a vehicle for our personal connection, pleasure and adventure, and learn to inhabit our experience.  So many of us are in the roles of working, or serving others, putting ourselves and our needs last. And we felt spent, exhausted and unfulfilled. What would it mean to put down that bowl of gruel and serve yourself some delicious, spicy gingery JUICE? Listen in and let's explore.  Ray supports women and non-binary people to connect with their pleasure and power. These are your birthright. She is a facilitator, writer, and small “i” intuitive. She draws on training in emotional bodywork (body psychotherapy), and health science. She’s also inspired by her exploration of conscious kink, fantasies and dreams, and sacred sexuality. Ray is dedicated to the healing power of Eros. You can learn more about her at her website: 
March 29, 2021
Episode 45: Beyond Digestion with Dr. Laura Brown, ND
So, my friend and colleague, naturopathic doctor, Laura Brown wrote a book--Beyond Digestion. We've talked digestion on The Good Mood Podcast: the structure and function of the vagus nerve and how putting your hands on can help diagnose and treat disease with Dr. David Miller, the gut microbiome and your trillions of little friends with Dr. Kim Bretz. BUT we can never talk too much digestion. As Dr. Laura shows us, there are multiple multiple angles at which we can examine, play with and learn about the gut.  This is what Laura talks about in her book: the spiritual, mental, emotional, physical and structural elements of gut health. Her book is an exploration: first on the science of the gut--it's structure, the microbiome, and how they relate to our health and then how our gut and mind interact, to how our gut might be out link to the spiritual world.  This is the beauty of naturopathic medicine, which I believe we highlight in this conversation: there are no protocols, no routine rote methods to healing. We assess, we do detective work, we respond, we guide and we play. There's no linear path. It all DEPENDS (if you've ever asked me a question about your health, you know that that is always the answer---the dreaded Depends). But Depends isn't just a diaper of an answer, collecting the faecal matter of uncertainty, even when it comes to the gut. Depends is a beautiful answer.  It means that we start with you and go from there. And where we go depends on all the factors we're holding and examining and curious about and Laura really does that. Both with her book and this conversation. There's so much to consider and we let the conversation meander and her wisdom emerge.  Ok, a bit of bio: Dr. Laura M. Brown, is a registered naturopathic doctor with a functional medicine approach. She focuses on stimulating the body’s natural mechanisms to repair damage and rebuild health. She is a HeartMath Certified Practitioner, a level two Certified Gluten Free Practitioner and holds the designation of ADAPT Trained Practitioner from Kresser Institute, the only functional medicine and ancestral health training company. Titled Miss Teen Ontario at age sixteen, Dr. Brown battled many health challenges of her own, ultimately prevailing through naturopathic medicine. Personally, she writes, gardens, hikes, and entertains on 20 beautiful acres in the heart of Ontario, Canada.  You can learn more about her here: Website:  Instagram: @drlaurabrownnd 
March 22, 2021
Episode 44: The Addictions Episode with Dr. Aaron Van Gaver, ND and Addictions Counsellor
I met Dr. Aaron at an addiction workshop he hosted with a colleague Dr. Tanya (who was then Dr. Tanya Mate, daughter in law to THE Gabor Mate), called Project Starlight. Aaron is a naturopathic doctor and addictions counsellor, with a passion for mental health and providing healing, support, empowerment, community and resources for those living with and dealing with addiction.  We haven't had an addictions episode on the Good Mood Podcast. We've talked about body image, shame, eating disorders, psychedelics, trauma, technology, self-care, and many many other mental health topics, but not addiction. So I've been trying to get Aaron on. This is a short episode in which we pack in SO MANY goodies that we'll definitely need to do a Part 2 soon. In this episode we talk: how addiction works in the brain, how to support people with addiction (why "cutting them off" sometimes touted by certain support circles might not be the way to go"), Gabor Mate and Compassionate Inquiry, Carl Rogers and the Rogerian method of counselling, Rat Park, dopamine, Vancouver's Insite safe injection site and other Harm Reduction models, Harm Reduction vs. Abstinence models of addiction support, and so on and so on.  Addiction affects us all. Either you are struggling with one or know someone who is. Addiction is a community-based problem. Addictions are formed in a community or family or lack thereof and affect everyone in said community and/or family. There are also so many misconceptions and judgements that are common around addiction and those struggling with them that only serve to worsen the problem: the shame and isolation that lie at the core of helping someone live their life to the full extent of their dreams and desires.  I really hope you enjoy this episode and learn lots!  Find Aaron at:  Instagram:
March 15, 2021
Episode 43: My Thoughts About Food and Nutrition with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND hosts another solo episode sharing her story: her health and food journey, and her thoughts and beliefs around food and how to eat for health.  Topics: Cravings Different Diets Restrictions/Dieting Culture Listening to the Body and Intuitive Eating  And more.  Please subscribe to the pod and like us on Apple! 
March 04, 2021
Episode 42: Through the Dark Woods: Conversations on the Healing Journey with Dr. Dimpi Patel, ND
Dr. Dimpi rejoins the Good Mood Podcast to continue a conversation we started on Instagram.  What makes us frustrated in the doctor-patient interaction? What unseen obstacles step in the way of our healing? So many times we've met and worked with patients who have seemingly done all the work and yet still struggle with feeling lost, that they're not making progress. This can be such a frustrating experience for both patients and practitioners: that feeling that you're both spinning your wheels. Both of you are trying so hard, to make progress, to feel better, and yet you feel just as deep in the woods as when you started.  I have had many conversations about this with my colleagues and friends. Healing is such an art and we don't have all the answers. And there are subtleties to the journey that can be triggering and invalidating to talk about---because sometimes there are limitations to language.  I wrote a blog post about an analogy of being lost in the woods--maybe the jungle let's say of disease and despair and the things that we might do, either consciously or unconsciously that keep us stuck there. And Dimpi reached out to me, telling me how much she resonated with this topic, how she's been having the same conversations, and how she'd love to talk more.  We went out on a limb and recorded a convo together--this might be part 1 of a series, we'll see how it goes (although it did feel good to just get it off our chests and put it out there). Let me know what you think of this topic. It is providing more clarity for you? Is it helping provide something like validation for some of the confusion you've felt on your own journey?  For example: as patients how do we strike a balance between finding our own empowerment and trusting in our guides? As practitioners how do we let our patients lead on their own healthcare journey while also inspiring patients' trust in us as authority figures? Is "authority figure" even an accurate way of describing what we do? Expertise?  So many times my experience as a healer or patient have been humbled.  So Dimpi and I got on with it and talked, and here's our convo. Dimpi is a great person to talk to about this stuff because she focuses her practice on healing the highly sensitive person: the artists, the healers, the outcasts, the person who feels, the empath, the Indigo child. She helps highly sensitive women unleash their full potential with subconscious rewiring, naturopathic medicine and functional labs so they can feel empowered in their health and be of greater service to others.  Her first episode on the Good Mood Podcast is one of our most popular.  Now, last thing before we get on with it. Please check out Good Mood Foundations, which starts March 1st. This may be your way out of the woods. The link to explore more about it is in the show notes.  Happy listening!  Learn more about Dimpi:  Her website: Instagram: Good Mood Foundations: 
February 22, 2021
Episode 41: The Loneliness Series with Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND
Another solo episode with Dr. Talia What do the great minds of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, literature, science and religion have to say on the topic of loneliness? Is there a pill for loneliness? Can you be lonely in a crowded room? Does solitude equal loneliness? How can we cope with grief? What do the Buddhists and Stoics say about loneliness? And, most of all, how can we cope with an ever-increasingly isolated world? Tune in to listen. Remember conversations from "Saying Hello Again" by David Denborough: - What did [your loved one] see when they looked at you through loving eyes? ‍ - How did they know these things about you? ‍ - If they could be with you today, what would they say to you about the efforts you are making in your life? What words of encouragement would they offer? ‍ - What difference would it make to your relationships with others if you carried this knowledge with you in your daily life? And remember, Good Mood Foundations launches March 1st. There's still time and space to get in.
February 11, 2021
Episode 40: Happy Happy Joy Joy with Dr. Ellen Wong, ND
Why do I focus on mood and mental health? Well, at the core of it, when I was working with patients who were suffering from various physical ailments, I often found mood, mental and hormonal health at the bottom of it.  After all, what do we want to be if not happy? I mean the reason your IBS or your PCOS or your CFS or your MS bothers you is that, ultimately, it makes you unhappy. And so, for me and for most of us, health is happiness.  I also saw SO MANY solutions in my naturopathic toolkit to solve depression, anxiety and hormonal issues--new, science-based ways of looking at how our bodies and minds function--that weren't anywhere to be found in the conventional system. I was excited to share these tools and resources and strategies with my patients.  But good health isn't the only route to happiness. Dr. Ellen Wong, my supervisor and teacher when I was at CCNM, and a fellow ND, knows this. Ellen decided to focus on happiness when she, like me, realized that it was the key component to helping her patients live an amazing life.  Ellen had her own struggles with perfectionism and depression and so, to heal herself (I mean so many of us are in this game to first heal ourselves and then lead others on the paths we've blazed through, scratches on our faces from the underbrush, machetes still in hand... good visual, I digress) and heal her patients, she began to study happiness.  Her studies took her to the happiest place on Earth... nope not Disneyland... is Disneyland that happy? There's no real food there and Mickey is quite elitist... but to Bhutan, a country that has a Happiness Index.  We talk Bhutan, snow days, we talk about mindset, we talk happiness. It's a terrific episode. Dr. Ellen is a real gem and I miss her Saturday clinic shifts. This was a fun catch up. We also talk technology and how it doesn't necessarily have to alienate us.  Also: the little relationships are just as important (or at least they're important) as the deep soul connections. We need both. And, of course during this time we're missing out on the those day-to-day casual interactions with the local barista.  Dr. Ellen describes herself as a recovering high-functioning overthinker (if this is you, you HAVE to listen to this episode, we talk so much overthinking... it's great). After two hospitalizations she reached a tipping point--she burnt out. How many of us have been there? Or are there? Or are getting there?  Although she appeared like she "had it all together" - she secretly lived with never ending mental chatter that left her feeling overwhelmed, anxious, exhausted and unhappy. Realizing this was not how she wanted to spend the rest of her life, she set out to learn how to stop overthinking and reframe her negative thought patterns.  As the Founder of The Joy Avenue, a Confidence Coach and a Creatrix® Transformologist®, Ellen works with women who are tired of feeling overwhelmed, self-doubt and anxious and guides them towards feeling calm, confident and free. But what she's most passionate about is helping women prioritize their happiness as much as their success. You can find Dr. Ellen Wong at: Her website: Instagram: @Thejoyavenue And of course, don't forget to check out my online program for mental health and hormones: The Good Mood Membership Program. 
January 18, 2021
Episode 39: Deep Transformational Healing with Alison Crosthwait, Trader turned Coach
Presence... is that the key to healing? Being present in one's body, being present with one's thoughts. Existing in the present moment. The present moment is where everything is happening. It gets us out of the head and into the body.  The body is our home. It's where our emotions live, as they manifest in real-time, where they can be processed. Being present and embodied are the key states for healing from trauma, from accessing our truest, wildest selves, and from experiencing optimal mental and emotional health.  Bodily presence is also where the richness of experience lies. It's where we experience enjoyment, love, connection, intimacy and pleasure.  Alison Crosthwait is a trader turned psychotherapist turned coach who supports people through deep inner transformational healing. She applies techniques like breathwork, psychedelic assisted psychotherapy, and other forms of energy and emotional healing to help her clients access their free and authentic selves.  "To feel alive is a practice", Alison writes on her webpage. "Sometimes we can talk for years about getting out of ruts. Other times a crisis brings us into a realization. Either way there comes a time when talk about it isn’t enough.  When reading books doesn’t cut it." Alison specializes in change. She speaks of her journey from a Wall Street trader to a person who experiences complete presence, freedom and ease in her life.  We talk trauma, psychedelics and the integrative process, how pets can be our greatest teachers (with plenty of dog and cat interruptions throughout this episode to prove that point), inner work, desire, orgasm and all the other ways we can reconnect with our wild, animal, dynamic selves that hold the key to deep healing.  Find Alison at:  Her website: Instagram:
January 04, 2021
Episode 38: Environmental Medicine and Mental Health with Dr. Marillea Yu, ND
I am always scared to talk about environmental medicine. I know it's a big topic and that eliminating the chemicals from our lifestyle: our environment and our bodies is an important aspect of keeping us well.   But the more I learn about environmental medicine the more I feel the doom and gloom of hopelessness--and the more overwhelmed I feel about what must be done.    However, Marillea Yu, a naturopathic doctor, helps me see this topic through a more empowered lens.    Marillea and I talk about why we should care about environmental medicine, how environmental toxins affect our health, and some of the small but important things we can do to help our bodies, minds and planet stay healthy.    Dr. Marillea Yu is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Ontario, Canada. She received her BSc in Biology at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island prior to becoming a graduate of The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.    Her clinical interests centre on Environmental Medicine and the effects of everyday toxic exposures on health and wellness and its contribution to chronic and inflammatory disease and autoimmunity.    This includes exploring the effects of industrialization on health outcomes, especially in communities and areas where resource extraction has occurred and the effects of industrialization are experienced first-hand.   Find Marillea at:  Instagram: Website:  Links we talk about: Heal your mental health and hormones naturally through my membership program:
December 21, 2020
Episode 37: Replenishing Your Resilience Reserves with Dr. Tara Guzzo, ND, R.Ac.
Resilience is the body and mind's ability to adapt to stress, challenge and change. Some of us would refer to it as "bouncing back" from hardship. But even better, if we are truly resilient when hardship hits, we're able to "bounce forward". Coming out of trauma or difficulty with more strength and grit than we had going into it.  Dr. Tara Guzzo is a fellow naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist who works with busy women who are tired and unsatisfied with a life that is just “okay”. She is the CEO and Clinical Director of InVersa Health, and has created the Resilience Reset Program designed to promote calm, confidence and all-day energy in the face of depleting daily life stress.  Tara is also the host and creator of a television series on Shaw Spotlight called “Elevating Women’s Wellness” in which she interviews local female healthcare providers on relevant women’s health topics to elevate the wellness of listeners. In this podcast we talk about Tara's experience that called on her resilience reserves--where her clinic burnt down at the beginning of this year. We talk about how she leveraged what she preaches to support herself through the trauma of the situation and bounce back with resilience.  We talk about building resilience reserves through the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body, and emotional self-regulation, trauma support and more.  Find Dr. Tara at:  Her website: Instagram: Elevating Women's Wellness: Learn more about the Good Mood Membership Program
December 07, 2020
Episode 36: Mindset, Manifestation and Mood with Adele Tevlin, Pattern Interruptor and Behavioural Expert
We talk extensively as naturopathic doctors about the mind-body connection. Of course many of us have been told that our mental health or physical symptoms are "all in our head", and while this can seem dismissive and invalidating it's definitely true that our mindset plays a role in how we feel.  Adele Tevlin walks us through the connection between our thoughts, our beliefs and our environment and how our mindset can influence our external circumstances.  I believe this to be true: even if you're truly suffering it's how we frame this suffering that helps us summon the powers of our own resilience to seek the support we need to heal.  Adele Tevlin is the CEO and Founder of C.E.O Blueprint, a Transformational Leadership Development Company for C-Suite Executives and business owners. Adele has worked with various clients and companies over 20 years helping them master their CEO mindset.  She is a behavioural expert and pattern interrupter.  Adele and I talk about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), neuroscience, and psychology for helping us see our own blindspots and transform the patterns in our thoughts, behaviours and emotions that might be holding us back from achieving our dreams.  Adele is enrolled in the Harvard University in the Masters of Psychology program, has a BSc in Neuropsychology, a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition.  I took Adele's CEO Blueprint course (which she will talk about at the end of this talk). I'm always inspired after hearing her speak--ready to journal my thoughts, emotions and limiting belief and take my life by the horns.  If you want to learn how to charge forward in life and see what's on the other side of the "abyss", or what lies beyond what you fear, give this episode a listen! You won't regret it! Find Adele at:  Her website: Instagram: The CEO Blueprint: Learn more about The Good Mood Membership Program: a foundational lifestyle program for mental health and hormones.
November 23, 2020
Episode 35: Forest Bathing with Dr. Cyndi Gilbert, ND
Shinrin-Yoku, or Forest Bathing, as it is literally translated from the original Japanese, is one of my personal therapeutic lifelines. My mentor and colleague, Dr. Cyndi Gilbert, agrees. In fact, Cyndi wrote a book about it called Forest Bathing: Discovering health and happiness through the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku. Cyndi and I talk about how immersing oneself in nature in some capacity: whether it be looking at a poster of a nature scene on the ceiling of your dentists' chair, to having a room with a view when recovering from surgery to complete wilderness backcountry trekking, have numerous effects on the health of our bodies, minds and communities.  However, we also acknowledge that nature is not always accessible. We discuss the privilege that certain health practices often require, and muse on how to make naturopathic medicine more accessible.  Dr. Cyndi was a professor of mine at CCNM. She is also a supervisor at Queen West Community Health Centre in downtown Toronto. When I was a student, Dr. Cyndi held a group in her home clinic to help us through the trials and tribulations of our formation as clinicians.  She is committed to a harm reduction and anti-oppression model of care that affirms her patients, and respects their first-hand knowledge of their own health. Her practice is inclusive of diverse peoples, bodies, genders, sexual orientations, families, and relationship constellations.  She is body-positive, sex-positive, sex work-positive, and BDSM/kink-informed. She is also the author of The Essential Guide to Women's Herbal Medicine and is an activist in the realm of Healthy Equity. She offers continuing education courses aimed to teach current naturopathic doctors and students to create more inclusive practices.  I'm excited to introduce you to Cyndi--she is so fun to talk to and we could have gone on and on. Forest bathing and community medicine are both passions of ours.  You can find Cyndi at:  Her website: Instagram: Learn more about Good Mood Foundations:
November 16, 2020
Episode 34: Getting in the Mood with Dr. Yousuf Siddiqui, ND
Hello and welcome to the Good Mood Podcast! Today I have the pleasure of talking to my buddy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Yousuf Siddiqui, ND. Yousuf and I talk about sexual health and naturopathic medicine.  How do we talk to patients about sexual health? Where do sexual health concerns like low libido come from? Yousuf discusses some of the ways he opens up the conversation about sexual health with patients and how our sexuality can be an entryway into whole-body healing. In fact this part of interesting--we talk about how a naturopathic clinic focus, like sexual health and mood are often just roads to the same ends: whole mind-body-soul healing, if we want them to be. Whether one visits an ND because of a sore ankle, depression, or low libido we're always taking into account digestion, sleep, nutrition and all the other factors and systems that make up a human being in their environment and aiming to heal them.  Actually, if you listen to the end, I am about to say something and then forget what it was---after recording I remembered.  Many people ask me: what does an ND do? What's the difference between an ND and an MD? Sometimes I do a better job of answering that question than other times, however I usually fumble around with an explanation about our education, our philosophy, how we treat the root cause, our modalities: how we use nutrition, herbs, acupuncture and so on. And this rambling is often met with blank stares.  But what I came to realize through this conversation with Yousuf is that the fundamental difference between naturopathic medicine and conventional medicine is our wholism. Conventional medicine is generally rooted in cause and effect: what is the thing that's missing or not working? What part is broken? And the treatments often involve going into remove or fix the broken part.  Now, this can be wonderful. If I have a tumour, please remove it. If I tear a ligament, can you please fix it? If my levels of inflammation are endangering my life, bring them down.  However this doesn't often work in the realm of chronic disease: slow complicated disease processes that are influenced by many many factors. You probably can't completely fix your depression with diet. However, nutrition is fundamental in ensuring your brain and body and mood operate optimally. There's no one root cause. Therefore there's no one solution. There's no magic bullet when it comes to the majority of diseases. And naturopathic medicine, through its attempts to examine as many factors as possible, to understand the whole person, can aim to change as many contributing variables that leave us feeling unwell. Supplements, herbs, lifestyle, practices like meditation are all recommended with the understanding that we need to build in a healthy environment for the body to heal.  In short, conventional systems are mostly linear. Naturopathic systems are complex, interwoven networks.  Ok, so that's that. Yousuf and I talk a bunch of things and the fun thing about podcasting with a friend is not only the chance to catch up but this freedom to use conversation as a way to explore and learn new things and really have a deep discussion. I hope we achieved that today.  Yousuf works in Ottawa at a compounding pharmacy called Nutrichem. He implements testing, individualized nutritional therapies and lots of counselling in his practice.  Find Yousuf:  At his website: On Instagram: Learn more about my foundational program for mental health and hormones: Good Mood Foundations at
November 02, 2020
Episode 33: One Bad MTHFR: Methylation and Your Mood with Dr. Christina Carew, ND
Is your B complex making you sick? It might be if it contains folic acid, the synthetic form of "folate", or vitamin B9 which is involved in mood, energy production, DNA repair and other tasks of "methylation".  Ok, are you lost already?  Methylation is a process in the body that does a bunch of things. Many of us have a genetic variation in an enzymes called MTHFR, yes, I know what it looks like, that help us make folate.   Changes in our genome can affect this pathway and our health. Researchers have become particularly interested in the connection between MTHFR Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, or SNPs, and mental health. There is a link between these genetic variations and increased risk for depression, anxiety, autism and other mental health conditions.  Dr. Christina Carew is a naturopathic doctor and she's going to explain this all to us today. Christina is the co-host of a made-for-NDs course called Methylation 101 and has some amazing analogies for making sense of these pretty complex, but important concepts.  She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic medicine and focuses on chronic disease management: lyme, autoimmune disease, and environmental medicine. Dr. Christina practices in Toronto and King City and is a wealth of information.  I'm so excited for this episode: methylation is something I bore my patients with in my practice a LOT as I see the connection between their mood symptoms, brain fog, and digestive concerns. As Dr. Christina says, that mental spinning, rumination, obsession and addictions can all be symptoms of impaired folate metabolism and impaired methylation.  This is such an exciting topic and I'm so happy to interview someone who can lay it all out for you.  You can find Dr. Christina at:  Her website: Instagram: Learn more about Good Mood Foundations here:
October 19, 2020
Episode 32: Healing Eating Disorders, Food Stress and Body Image with Dr. Alexandra Sisam, ND
Eating disorders are a difficult thing to identify and treat, not to mention to live with. Unlike other mental health conditions they can be life-threatening, but we also need to eat everyday and therefore our interaction with the substance of choice is something we need to learn to negotiate and to work with as we heal.  Dr. Alexandra Sisam is a fellow naturopathic doctor with a focus in eating disorders. We talk about how to identify disordered eating patterns, from anorexia and bulimia to binge eating and just a high-stress relationship around food. We talk about body image, diet culture and restriction, how a focus on food is a way to cope with intense pain and negative emotion, and often healing the eating disorder is just the beginning, and how to seek support.  We talk re-feeding and how naturopathic medicine can offer the tools and resources to help patients who suffer from high-stress relationships with food and their bodies heal.  We have both noticed an increase in emotional eating and binge eating in our patients as a result of the pandemic and social distancing measures and we discuss why this might be the case. We also talk about Alexandra's Five Pillars for treating eating disorders and supporting patients through healing their bodies and minds from disordered eating.  Alexandra is a fellow Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine grad, like myself. She also has an undergraduate degree from my alma mater, Queen's University, which is pretty cool. She works at the Orenda Clinic in Toronto and has a special interest in using the mind-body connection to support mental wellbeing and a low-stress connection with the way we nourish our bodies.  Find Alexandra at: Instagram: Good Mood Foundations: 
October 12, 2020
Episode 31: Sleep Your Way to a Good Mood with Dr. Leigha Saunders, ND
For 7 to 9 hours every night we human beings spend our time unconscious. During this time we can't eat, procreate, or defend against predators. We're not building shelters. We're not innovating. We're completely vulnerable. And yet, our bodies and brains evolved to require this unconscious time in order to survive. When we're deprived of sleep we die. And when we're subtly deprived of sleep, an hour here, an hour there, for nights and nights on end our mental and physical health suffer.  Dr. Leigha Saunders is a fellow naturopathic doctor with a sleep focus. We talk about the architecture of a good nights' sleep, how sleep disturbances can manifest in someone's lifestyle and how this can affect mood and mental health.  Dr. Leigha talks about how we can harness lifestyle to repair broken sleep and improve mood, hormones, energy and stave off disease.  Dr. Leigha Saunders is a naturopathic doctor and the owner and founder of Uxbridge, Ontario’s premiere wellness clinic, True Roots Healthcare.  She has a special interest in helping busy women gain energy, balance their mood, regulate hormones and sleep deep.  Her ultimate mission is to women sleep deep at night to do what sets their soul on fire during the day!  Sleep is so so so important for mental health and so I really wanted to pick Leigha's brain on how she works with sleep to improve the lives of the patients in her practice to provide you with some tips on prioritizing and optimizing sleep.  You can find Leigha at:  Her website: Instagram: Good Mood Foundations:
October 05, 2020
Episode 30: Healing the Highly Sensitive Person with Dr. Dimpi Patel, ND
At the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine we have a teaching clinic, The Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic where 4th year students spend their 12 months of internship treating patients in the clinic under the supervision of licensed NDs.  As first through third year students we were encouraged to support our bodies and minds, as well as experience naturopathic medicine first-hand by seeing an intern. Dr. Dimpi Patel was my first intern when I was a first year student.  Dimpi was one of the first doorways to my experience with naturopathic medicine. She helped me deal with the thyroid and adrenal dysfunction caused by an extremely intense program and taught me a lot about establishing a doctor patient relationship and the magic of what our medicine offers.  Fast-forward about 10 years... whoa... and Dimpi is not focusing her practice in Michigan on Highly Sensitive People, helping them support their bodies through functional testing and neural rewiring.  So before we dive into the interview, what's a Highly Sensitive Person?  Well, here's a quiz from  Maybe keep track of how many times you say "Yes" to the following, and tally your results.  I am easily overwhelmed by strong sensory input. I seem to be aware of subtleties in my environment. Other people’s moods affect me. I tend to be very sensitive to pain. I find myself needing to withdraw during busy days,into bed or into a darkened room or any place where I can have some privacy and relief from stimulation. I am particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine. I am easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells,coarse fabrics,or sirens close by. I have a rich,complex inner life. I am made uncomfortable by loud noises. I am deeply moved by the arts or music. My nervous system sometimes feels so frazzled that I just have to go off by myself. I am conscientious. I startle easily. I get rattled when I have a lot to do in a short amount of time. When people are uncomfortable in a physical environment I tend to know what needs to be done to make it more comfortable (like changing the lighting or the seating). I am annoyed when people try to get me to do too many things at once. I try hard to avoid making mistakes or forgetting things. I make a point to avoid violent movies and TV shows. I become unpleasantly aroused when a lot is going on around me. Being very hungry creates a strong reaction in me,disrupting my concentration or mood. Changes in my life shake me up. I notice and enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, works of art. I find it unpleasant to have a lot going on at once. I make it a high priority to arrange my life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations. I am bothered by intense stimuli, like loud noises or chaotic scenes. When I must compete or be observed while performing a task, I become so nervous or shaky that I do much worse than I would otherwise. When I was a child, my parents or teachers seemed to see me as sensitive or shy. How many times did you say yes? According to the quiz, if you scored 14, you might be a highly sensitive person.  I scored 10 on this test personally, but when I was a kid I might have answered yes to nearly everything.  Dimpi and I talk about how being an HSP is a superpower and how to support your body and mind in a world that doesn't necessarily support the 30% of us who might identify with being highly sensitive.  Follow Dr. Dimpi Patel at Instagram: @doctordimpi
September 28, 2020
Episode 29: Naturopathic Medicine: Riding the Waves, Dr. Talia's appearance on the Weird Waves Podcast
In March Taylor Morozova, a fellow Great Lakes Surfer (who has now moved on to ocean waves) and host of The Weird Waves Podcast and I sat down to talk pandemics, surfing and naturopathic medicine.  This was at the beginning of the global pandemic, a time filled with certainty, misinformation and... for me, at least, some surfing.  Taylor asked to interview me to talk about some hot topics at the time: vitamin D, viruses, and the immune system. In this convo we also discuss my story: how I got into naturopathic medicine (and all the crazy synchronicities that got me there).  What is the difference between functional medicine, integrative medicine, homeopathic medicine, nutrition, and naturopathic medicine?  What does an ND do?  We also talk my journey to discovering you can surf the lakes and how that's influenced my mental and physical health over the past year.  I thought this was fitting podcast to share because it highlights some of the background in naturopathic medicine and how I got here. It's also a super fun interview and Taylor is a great host. Her interview was pivotal in inspiring me to create my own podcast.  Listen up!  To learn more about Taylor: Instagram:
September 21, 2020
Episode 28: Feeling Hormonal with Dr. Jordan Robertson, ND
When a friend of mine signed up for her period tracker app, it asked her for her partner's email address. Several times a month he would receive an email about the state of my friend's menstrual health. "You partner is in her luteal phase. You may want to tread lightly and carry a big stick".  Well, that's not what the emails said exactly, but it was something to that effect: "During this time in her cycle she may need warm tea, cuddles and chocolate".  Whenever they'd get into a fight he'd go, "What's the meaning of this? I didn't get an email."  Have you noticed that, if you're a menstruating person, or transitioning into menopause, there are moments, days or weeks where you're ready to run for Prime Minister (or President), and other weeks you're a puddle on the floor of your closet, trying to figure out what pants to wear?  When you talk to your doctor you might be prescribed an anti-depressant, told your birth control, peri-menopause or periods have nothing to do with it. And yet, you still suspect that your hormones are playing a role in your mental and emotional health.  In this episode I talk to Dr. Jordan Robertson, a naturopathic doctor and women's health expert about Feeling Hormonal. What role do hormones play in our mood states and what can we do about them?  We talk about hormones link to mood, the truth about hormone replacement therapy, how progress is better than programs when it comes to improving lifestyle and nutrition, how your hormones hate restriction, and how to talk to your doctor and seek help for the hormonal mood changes that are so common in those who menstruate.  Dr. Jordan Robertson is a naturopathic doctor with a practice in Burlington, Ontario. She is owner of Clarity Health, the host and creator of the Women's Health Unplugged podcast, and the CEO of i-Med Research Hub, an online portal for integrative medicine practitioners to hone their research skills and stay up to date on the current knowledge.  She is the author of the best-selling book on miscarriage "Carrying to Term: How to get tested, stay pregnant and carry a healthy baby to term". Jordan has lectured across the province for medical doctors and naturopathic doctors and has been a guest on various international podcasts on women’s health. She has a special interest in women’s health, including expertise on PMS, menopause, fertility, PCOS and endometriosis and is the off-site Naturopathic Doctor for the McMaster Hospital Endometriosis Clinic. You can connect with her: On Instagram: Learn more about Clarity Health: Check out the Women's Health UnPlugged Podcast: Learn more about i-Med Research Hub (for practitioners):
September 14, 2020
Episode 27: Staying Safe and Social: Polyvagal Theory with Dr. Stephanie Cordes, ND
We were introduced to the vagus nerve through Dr. Dave Miller, ND, the gut gangsta. In today's episode we learn more about the vagus nerve with Dr. Stephanie Cordes, a naturopathic doctor and mental health advocate. Steph is obsessed with Polyvagal Theory, that discusses how our stress response can throw us into fight or flight, but also into shutdown via the vagus nerve. Through stimulating our ventral vagal response, we can enter into the safe and social states that create calm and connected nervous systems and help us heal from trauma or prevent burnout.  We discuss the concept of safety and how to cultivate it through context, choice and connection (the 3 C's, from the work of Deb Dana). Steph talks about important soothing techniques that can help regulate the vagus nerve.  We discuss somatic psychotherapy and how sometimes body work, like acupuncture can send important safety signals to the nervous system, calming thoughts and helping us co-regulate.  We also discuss my new obsession, Attachment Theory, and how that relates to our vagus nerve.  It's such a fun conversation. Steph is a real ND hippy with a practice in Guelph, Ontario. She is passionate about mental health, social justice, inclusivity, acupuncture. In addition to being a naturopathic doctor, Stephanie has training as a doula. She has worked with those living with HIV in the LGBTQ community in Toronto. She is also a member of POCA, practices community acupuncture and is registered with Rainbow Health Ontario.  She has special interest in mental wellness, digestion, trauma, addiction, and LGBTQ health. She believes in increasing accessibility to complementary care using an anti-oppressive and trauma-sensitive approach.   In this episode we talk trauma, particularly at the end where we mention sexual trauma and violence, so feel free to avoid this episode if you find these topics triggering, or to let go of the episode when they come up at the end.  I'm so excited for you to listen to this episode: it's a must-listen for anyone who suffers from anxiety, low mood, or who feels on the verge of burnout sometimes.  So, essentially, all of us. Polyvagal theory and trauma-informed work, as well as somatic forms of psychotherapy are becoming so much more common place and this is a great place to be introduced to these topics in a conversational and accessible way. Steph is so knowledgeable, passionate and approachable. I love chatting with her. I hope you love listening!  Find Dr. Steph at:  Her website: Instragram: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
September 07, 2020
Episode 26: Our 40 Trillion Little Friends: Microbiome and Your Mood with Dr. Kim Bretz, ND
40 Trillion.    The latest guesstimate that Dr. Kim Bretz, naturopathic doctor and gut microbiome guru throws out there: the amount of bacterial cells living in our guts and on our skin.    We are outnumbered by them, but as Kim says, "thankfully our human cells are bigger so we look like our super-cute selves, otherwise it would be way more creepy".    Not only do these bacteria take up residence inside of our systems, they influence our bodies in vast ways--from our gut health and digestive systems to our moods to our hormones.    Dr. Kim Bretz ND is a naturopathic doctor working and living in Waterloo Region. She is a speaker, consultant and adjunct faculty at the University of Waterloo, Pharmacy.  She believes you should be able to eat food without pain.    She also advocates eating an unrestricted diet full of real food.  She is a passionate international public speaker, having presented to multiple corporations and agencies, and is a guest lecturer for Canadian universities in the areas of health promotion, functional foods and natural health care products. She also runs continuing education for healthcare professionals in the area of the microbiota, strain specific probiotics and gastrointestinal health.  For 6 years, Kim was part of Human Nature Network, a nationally syndicated radio program though CHUM radio, speaking in the areas of women’s health.  She is a ardent supporter of education and interprofessionalism. Kim taught gastrointestinal physiology and endocrinology at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy.  She teaches a course in Complementary and Alternative Medicine focusing on Interprofessionalism at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo, and has worked with the PIPER program out of McMaster (Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research).   She has also been involved in the role of clinical lead in a research trial through the University of Guelph with the Spagnuolo Research Lab.  She has spoken or consulted for numerous companies including Thorne, Designs for Health and Rocky Mountain Analytical (LifeLabs). She was on the advisory board for Ferring Pharmaceuticals’ natural health care products and is the past president of the University of Guelph’s College of Biological Science Alumni Association.   Dr. Kim discusses how our microbiome has changed throughout the course of her career. We talk about how the microbiome can influence mood, from the germ-free mice who have the bacteria from anxious patients implanted in their guts, causing them to experience anxiety (so, is anxiety just about gut bacteria?) to how to care for your gut while still eating the foods you love.    Kim takes us on a journey through the development of the microbiota research and how we might harness this knowledge to improve our digestive systems and mood.    I was so excited to talk to her because not only is she incredibly smart and knowledgeable but she is also hilariously funny and brings her dollop of humour to this conversation at nearly every turn.    You can find Dr. Kim at:  Her website:  Instagram:  Learn more about her gut connection program here: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
August 31, 2020
Episode 25: The Power of Community with Robin Pacquing and Shazia Mazhar of The Lake Surfistas
In 2019 I was in Costa Rica learning to surf. I met a girl there from Toronto who told me about the Lake Surfistas, a group of people who identify as women who surf the lakes. I found their Facebook group, started going to their events and was hooked. They taught me to surf: to find friendship and comfort in the waters of the Great Lakes. I remember driving home from an impromptu surf get-together with a group I'd met through their Lake Surfista Facebook Discussion Page and remember thinking to myself, "Wow, this is happiness".  Robin Pacquing and Shazia Mazhar talk about how surfing healed them, and how the power of female community has helped to change their lives.  Lake Surfistas is a Canadian grassroots movement that brings together women of various identities, skills and backgrounds to celebrate water sports: surf, Standup Paddleboarding (SUP) and SUP Surfing on the Great Lakes.  They aim to empower: build competence and confidence in the women that use these waters for board sports, and promote education, safety, enjoyment and sustainability of these resources.  Shazia and Robin and I talk the power of community for mental health. Finding passion in movement. How they both got into surfing and their worst wipeout stories.  I love that in this episode so many names are mentioned, which I think speaks to the power of our interconnectedness in this community and only further emphasizes the work that this organization has done to bring us together, to form friendships and strengthen our love for the lakes.  To learn more visit the Lake Surfista Website: And join the Lake Surfista Discussion Page on Facebook, which now has over 700 members. Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
August 24, 2020
Episode 24: Narrative Conversations and Sex with Mauricio Yabar, MSW, PhD Candidate, Narrative Sex Therapist
A narrative conversation is a magical thing. Michael White, the founder of narrative therapy is famous for saying, "The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem". And yet so often we are stigmatized and shamed for who we are.  Attempts to solve our problems often end up destroying our sense of identity, our personal power and our agency.  Shame. It's a big topic that has come up in various episodes of this podcast. This podcast's central theme is: how do we remove the obstacles that stand between us and a Good Mood? And really, dismantling shame is one of the main answers.  Shame's slimy, sticky sludge stands in the way of our personal happiness and our growth. When we feel wronged for who we are, when we feel responsible for our problems, we become powerless.  Narrative Therapy aims to question the dominant stories we tell about ourselves and others. What are the dangers of a single story? What happens to our psyches, our souls and our sense of self when we come to believe that the problem stories about our lives are not just stories about problems but stories about who we are?  In this episode, I talk to Mauricio Yabar, a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Therapist through AASECT (American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counsellors, and Therapists) about narrative therapy and sex.  We talk about the dangers of the single-story of a psychiatric diagnosis, how many population are marginalized into a single narrative about their past, their lives and their futures and how narrative can help "thicken" subordinate stories about kindness, strength, resilience, and courage.  Mauricio is currently working on his doctorate in social work at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where he is particularly interested in the effects of shame and stigma on youth who have committed a sexual offence.  Mauricio's research involves working directly with these youth and their families, drawing from his background in narrative therapy to repair their damaged identities. Just a word of warning, we do discuss sexual trauma in this episode so, listen at your own discretion and turn the episode off at any point if you feel that it's safer for you to do so.  I have always found Narrative Therapy such a beautiful form of psychotherapy. You'll even see our conversation take a Narrative turn. I truly had a wonderful time speaking with Mauricio. I hope you enjoy listening.  Find Mauricio:  On his website: On Instagram: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
August 17, 2020
Episode 23: Visceral Reactions with Dr. David Miller, ND, aka "The Gut Gangsta"
It takes guts. You know that feeling, the trembling, clenching and nauseous pit-in-your-stomach feeling when your nerves are on edge, or the gut-wrenching sobs when you're sad. You also know the complete and utter intestinal devastation that almost seems to precede a panic attack. Or, you know, just gut feelings. Visceral Reactions.  The gut-brain connection.  Our gut is sometimes termed "The Second Brain", connected through one of our cranial nerves, the Vagus Nerve (which is Latin for "Wandering Nerve"). The vagus nerve sends information from brain to gut and back again.  9 out of 10 of my anxious or depressed patients have something going on downstairs in their guts. Anxiety and stress are often thought to cause IBS. This is why anti-depressants are sometimes prescribed off-label to treat IBS. Dr. David Miller, fellow naturopathic doctor, co-host of That Naturopathic Podcast and self-proclaimed "Gut Gangsta" works a little differently.  Dr. Dave works from the butt up, taking the stress off our system by soothing gut inflammation, and creating happy tubes, so that we might better deal with the stressors of life. You see, gut issues can also CAUSE mental health issues. It works both ways.  Dr. Dave and I talk naturopathic medicine in general. We discuss the vagus nerve and its role in depression and anxiety, and how it can optimize digestion. Most of all, we talk about Dave's passion, visceral manipulation and how to "listen with your hands" to correct structural abnormalities in the organs that helps us digest and assimilate the food we eat.  I keep referring back to this discussion when working with patients. The idea of taking stress off the organs has stuck with me as I approach my mental health cases. And, of course, I've gone back to popping deglycyrrhizinated licorice lozenges (chocolate and coconut flavour) like it's my job.  And, well... it kind of is, isn't it?  You can find Dr. David Miller, ND at: That Naturopathic Podcast: His website: Instagram: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
August 10, 2020
Episode 22: Creating Intentional Relationships with Melissa Johari, RSW, MSW and Couple Wellness Expert
Relationships are hard. They're also one of the main stressors, among finances, work, and health. Relationships, when they're smooth and harmonious, can be a reflection of cause of an optimally mentally healthy state. When things are going wrong, it can be hard to think of anything else.  In today's episode I talk to Melissa Johari, fellow Bloorwest Wellness Practitioner, Registered Social Worker and The Couple Wellness Expert. Melissa is a therapist, focusing on premarital counseling using the Prep-Enrich program. She implements many modalities in her practice including Emotionally Focused Therapy, Resilience in Marriage therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Internal Systems Theory, Strengths Perspective, Mindfulness Theory, Psychodynamic Therapy, Anti-Oppressive Practice, Relational Life Therapy, and Hypnotherapy. She takes a holistic perspective when working with clients, acknowledging the various systems in someone's life: financial, spiritual, physical, emotional, social, vocational, sexual, and environmental, through her Relational Wellness Wheel. When our lives are in harmony, so are our relationships.  Melissa is also an Allied Mental Health Professional Member with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and offers supervision work to other therapists.  In this talk we discuss lots of goodies: the 10 Steps to Resolving Conflict, Attachment Theory and Attachment Styles, The 5 Love Languages, and other frameworks for understanding how to create intentional, fulfilling and loving relationships that allow you and your partner to thrive.  To learn more about Melissa:  Her website: Instagram: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
August 03, 2020
Episode 21: Ayurveda and Self-Care with Dr. Sairupa Krishnamurti, ND
Dr. Sairupa Krishnamurti is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Ayurveda Practitioner. She has a general family practice with clinical interests in Reproductive Health, Fertility, Pregnancy, Post-natal-care, Paediatrics and Mental-Emotional Health. She also teaches Ayurvedic medicine, the ancient Indian healing system, as a faculty member at Jai Wellness, and the Centre for Ayurveda and Indian Systems of Healing.  Sairupa practices in Toronto, at a clinic called Aurum. However for two years she was working in Singapore.  Her aim is to  support individuals in the rediscovery of their inner wisdom through a non-judgmental, inclusive approach.  In our conversation we talk the principles of Ayurveda, the 5 elements and 3 constitutions or doshas, how they can impact our health and well-being, and how to tailor our lifestyle practices to suit our individual needs.  Sairupa talks about the concept of Swasta: being established in oneself or one's body, the key to optimal health.  This episode is full of wisdom, which is what Ayurveda means: the wisdom of life and the wisdom of vitality. In it you'll learn a bit about your own constitution and how your sleeping, digestion and sexual practices (which are the 3 pillars of health according to Ayurveda), can keep you centred within yourself, living a life of health and vitality.  Find Dr. Sairupa at: Instagram: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
July 27, 2020
Episode 20: Anti-Racism and Mental Health with Asante Haughton, Motivational Speaker and Mental Health Advocate
In today's episode I talk to Asante Haughton. Asante and I met in the summer of 2015 at the Narrative Therapy Intensive. Asante is a mental health advocate and motivational speaker. He's a program director, peer development and training manager at Stella's Place, a centre for Young Adult Mental Health, a web series host and interviewer, a poet, front-line worker, group facilitator, community outreach worker, researcher, prolific tweeter and a freelance writer. It seems like there isn't one job title for all Asante does. Asante does a lot of things.  He's passionate about positive social change, equality, and mental health, and has dedicated himself to building stronger communities. He believes in people, global interconnectivity, and positive personal change.  He's appeared on CBC’s, "The National", and in the documentary, "Three Voices", has an amazing Tedx Talk called "An Uncommon Story of Hope and Redemption" (which I highly recommend watching--it will make you laugh and make you cry). He's spoken at dozens of venues, where he aims to deliver a message of social awareness, social justice, community betterment, and above all, hope. And that's what our conversation delivers today: hope. Asante and I talk about mental health but specifically, in these times, how anti-racism work is more significant than ever and the work that must be done to change our society.  Asante shares his story about growing up dealing with poverty and racism at the heart of his personal mental health struggles, and how he aims to be the voice of change and do the hard advocacy work of educating us to see the hidden effects of racism in our society, our culture and our community.  I highly recommend this talk and am so honoured that Asante agreed to join me on the podcast. I hope you enjoy it too.  You can learn more about Asante by: Watching his Tedx Talk: Reading his article "I Shouldn't Have to Say This": Following him on Twitter: Following him on Instagram: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
July 20, 2020
Episode 19: Full Body Nourishment with Aglaée Jacob, Registered Dietician
Aglaée Jacob is a registered dietician who I met at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.  Aglaée's journey, like many of ours, began with trying to fit her body into a certain mould: a particular size and shape under the guise of "health".    She is the author of the book Digestive Health with Real Food, which helps identify underlying causes of gut conditions.    Her journey has led her to start to listen to the body as an animal to heal disordered eating patterns within her, and to focus on nourishment: of the body, mind, heart and soul.    Aglaée and I talk about body awareness, body image, mental health and disordered relationships with food, using food as medicine vs. using food to control our body shape, and how intuitive eating and full embodiment can help us heal and find true, holistic wellness and health.    Aglaée is also the host and creator of The Nourishing Podcast.    Find Aglaée at:   Her website:   and Instagram:   Get a copy of her book on Amazon:   and listen to her podcast The Nourishing Podcast, on all podcast platforms. Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
July 13, 2020
Episode 18: Herbal Anarchy with Victor Cirone, Registered Herbalist
Victor Cirone, registered herbalist returns to the Good Mood Podcast to talk about how the sickness of our civilization may contribute to disease. Modern medicine may be a mechanism of healing "sick machines" and true healing should be concerned with the restoration of "what belongs to nature".  Victor discusses the work of John Zerzan, and other Green Anarchists, while describing how herbal medicine might help us realign with nature's internal wisdom and agenda that lies outside of society and time.  Victor talks about how plant medicine differs from pharmacotherapy, and how true holistic medicine is about educating the patient to understand how disease arises. Is disease simply a process of a pathological society being driven inward? Can we heal as individuals without addressing the societal pathology that has shaped our mental and physical illness? Victor and I discuss these questions.  After listening, make sure you check out Episode 2, "The Fascinating and Threatening Other" where we talk about lawful and unlawful images, psychoanalysis and herbalism.  Find Victor at: His website: Instagram: Herbal Webinar Series: Youtube: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
July 06, 2020
Episode 17: Shameless Health with Dr. Emily Bennett, ND
Dr. Emily Bennett is a classmate and fellow naturopathic doctor. Emily focuses her practice on community medicine and advocacy. She has a special interest in addressing oppressive power structures we might encounter in our society, and in our clinics, both the conventional medical clinic, but also the ways we might inadvertently shame patients within the context of an alternative healthcare model.    We talk about Emily's work with empowering patients through body awareness, and having deeper conversations around conventional, potentially shame-inducing treatment goals, like weight loss or dietary changes.  We talk about how shame might be addressed head-on in a healthcare setting and how we can work towards dismantling oppressive power structures embracing a more inclusive and supportive healthcare model.    Health is subjective and, as naturopathic doctors who focus on individualized medicine, I believe that the work Emily is doing is important. How we approach the therapeutic encounter can have a major impact on our patients relationships to their bodies and their health experiences.    I hope you enjoy this episode.    Find Emily at:   Website:  Facebook Group:  Instagram: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
June 29, 2020
Episode 16: The Way of the Warrior with Melissa "Scare" Croden, Professional Mixed Martial Artist
In this episode I talk to Melissa "Scare" Croden, a professional mixed martial artist and my cousin. Mel's MMA career started a few years ago, in 2015. As an amateur she won 5 for 5 fights before turning pro in Fall of last year. As a pro she has won 2 out of 2 fights. Her pro career has been temporarily interrupted due to Covid-19, however she is scheduled to fight again in Fall.  We talk warrior mindset, how the mind-head-brain complex is the most important component for success as an athlete, and what it takes to train and fight in a cage.  Mel explains why she disagrees with the phrase "A warrior is never angry." We talk emotions, aggression, our animal instincts, respect, humility and how the warrior path is a way to find oneself and develop as a human being, or human beast.  A word of warning, there are some swears in this episode, so listen with headphones if at work or if kiddies are around.  This is a juicy episode where we can really examine the mind of a high-level female athlete in a high-stakes, high-performance sport.  I'm so proud of Mel and excited to share her with you all.  You can follow her on: Instagram: Facebook: And you can read her blog: You can also support her career here: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
June 22, 2020
Episode 15: Emotional Intelligence and the Teenage Brain with Dr. Erin Tewinkel, ND
Dr Erin Tewinkel is a fellow naturopathic doctor and Teen Wellness Warrior. She believes that adolescence holds keys to opportunities most parents miss. And that if a young person is given the proper foundations of health, they have access to health the rest of their life. I love seeing teens in my practice. Adolescence is a time where we can really make a big difference as healthcare practitioners, teachers, parents and peers to help shape a teen's experience, creating mental and emotional resilience. This is a time when mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety often surface and modelling emotional intelligence, maturity and mindfulness can have massive impacts on the ways we teach our teens to interact with the world. In this episode we talk about the teen brain. How teens are in the process of pruning neural synapses in order to streamline their brain, and how parents can help teens through the turbulent times of social media, hyper-emotionality and hyper-rationality to set them up for emotionally intelligent, mentally well adults.  We talk social media, gist thinking, preserving that emotional "spark", keeping girls cage free and wild, modern day teen stressors that can contribute to the rise of anxiety, and lots and lots of tips for boosting emotional intelligence.  This episode is a great listen for anyone interested in how our mental health evolves as we move through adolescence and how the skills we learn during this time can set us up for courage, compassion, strength, passion and resilience in our adult years (but it's never too late to learn)! Find Dr. Erin Tewinkel, ND at:  Facebook Group: Connecting with Your Teen - The hows, the whys, and the in and outs! 5 Day Mini-Challenge - Connecting with your Teen Instagram: @drtewinkel Website: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
June 15, 2020
Episode 14: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion with Dr. Lachlan Crawford, ND
In today's episode I talk to Dr. Lachlan Crawford, fellow mental health focused naturopathic doctor. Lachlan has a practice in Toronto helping patients find the root of their mental health concerns.   She incorporates mindfulness into her practice and has participated in a few silence meditation retreats a 30-day retreat in Thailand and a 10-day silent Vipassana retreat.    We talk about mindfulness, self-compassion, chronic low-grade anxiety and how carrying an umbrella everywhere you go might actually undermine your ability to be happy.   This is an awesome conversation where we talk medicine, meditation, metal health and more (how's that alliteration for you?).  Hope you enjoy it!    Find Dr. Lachlan at: website:   More resources:   Kristen Neff's work: *Reference to Schopenhauer in the episode should actually be reference to Albert Schweizer Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
June 08, 2020
Episode 13: Awestruck: Ecotherapy and Community Medicine with Dr. Fernando Janer, ND
In this episode I talk to my friend and colleague Dr. Fernando Janer Sanchez, a naturopathic doctor and fellow graduate of the class of 2014 from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Fernando lives in Puerto Rico teaching Mind-Body Medicine and Physical Examination at the Puerto Rican naturopathic college, Universidad Ana G. Mendez.  Fernando and I talk about psychoneuroimmunology, the social determinants of health, and how your occupation might affect your immune system. He shares his history as a social worker in New York City and in Puerto Rico working in a needle exchange program with homeless youth. We discuss how acupuncture can be a helpful treatment in addictions, how harm reduction is important for empowering change, and how recognizing community needs is the most important factor to delivering care.  This convo takes us from the weeds of inflammatory cytokine interleukin 6 to the expansive feelings of humility and awe. We also learn about Fernando's community project, Proyecto Bohique. Learn more about it here: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
June 01, 2020
Episode 12: Micro-Dosing Psychedelics for Mental Health with Dr. Amanda Satov, ND
Micro-dosing, taking small doses of psychedelic substances, like LSD or psilocybin-containing “magic” mushrooms, probably entered the public consciousness in early 2015, after James Fadiman, PhD and author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide, appeared on the Tim Ferris Podcast. Fadiman is the author of the 2011 book “The Psychdelics Explorer’s Guide” where can be credited with presenting the idea of taking a “sub-perceptual” dose of a hallucinogen, like LSD or Psilocybe cubensis “magic” mushrooms, that contain the hallucinogen psilocybin. A sub-perceptual dose means that, while these substances still exert effects, they don’t produce a noticeable hallucinogenic “high”. While other substances can be used, the most common way to practice micro-dosing is with about 1/10th to 1/20th of a standard “trip dose” of LSD or psilocybin, the two most commonly taken psychedelics. In this episode I talk to Dr. Amanda Satov, a fellow naturopathic doctor. Amanda became interested in the healing power of psychedelic plant medicines on a trip to the Amazon rainforest of Peru. Her background in culinary arts and her interest in working with patients through transitional periods in their lives, led to her deep dive in the history, science and current research surrounding psychedelic, or entheogenic medicines.  Dr. Amanda is also a reiki practitioner. She is a fellow Toronto practitioner.  You can find Dr. Amanda Satov, ND at: and on Instagram: Now, the psychedelic medicines, like psilocybin or LSD, that we talk about in this episode are not currently approved for therapeutic use. Nor are they legal to procure outside of certain exceptions for scientific research. Dr. Amanda and I are having this discussion because we're interested in it and excited about what the future holds for using psychedelics in the realm of mental health, however we are in no way advocating their use outside of a therapeutic encounter. This discussion is for educational purposes only.  To learn more: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
May 29, 2020
Episode 11: Treating Inflammation Using Plant-Based Nutrition and Mindset with Dr. Daina Patel, Chiropractic Doctor
Dr. Daina Patel is a Chiropractic Doctor with a focus on women’s back pain and plant based nutrition. Daina shares her journey to a plant’s based diet as well as her own personal struggle with inflammation and chronic pain. We talk about the difference between being plant based and vegan, how nutrition is not about adhering to specific “diets” per se but an ongoing process developing a deep relationship with our individual bodies and food. Daina and I discuss how diet plays a role in inflammation that lies at the root of chronic pain and other health conditions like depression and anxiety. We also talk about mindset for dealing with pain and suffering, and how breathing is the cornerstone of not only chronic pain and inflammation but perhaps our entire health. This is such an interesting conversation, that highlights the fact that no matter what health condition we start with, the journey towards optimal wellbeing involve a variety of factors. However, optimal health is not really a destination, but a process that involves lots of patience, persistence and self-compassion. I hope you enjoy it! Dr. Daina’s website: Her Instagram: Top 6 Back Pain Exercises for busy and ambitious women: 5 Day Better Posture Challenge: The Healthy Sisterhood Facebook Community:
May 25, 2020
Episode 10: Biohacking Mood and Mental Health with Ivo Suvee
Welcome to episode 10 of the Good Mood Podcast. In this episode I interview my friend Ivo Suvee, a biohacker. Biohacking is the art of optimizing one’s biochemistry and physiology through various practices from basic lifestyle techniques to using more advanced technologies like apps, genetic testing, and employing unique compounds like peptides. Whatever the method the goal of biohacking is to tweak health to be the best version of ourselves. Ivo’s story is interesting. From a young age he was interested in using food to optimize his health. He then applied this interest to enhance his physical fitness and more recently has noticed a profound impact on using various lifestyle techniques to optimize his mood. Ivo emphasizes first tackling the “low hanging fruit” of diet and lifestyle strategies, stacking them to produce the profound effect of moving from a mild-to-moderate depression, or dysthymia, to a robust and resilient mood state. We talk diet and exercise, genomic testing, gut microbiome, intermittent fasting, light exposure, BDNF, hormesis and even the use of peptides like oxytocin to boost mood. Keep in mind of course that none of this episode is meant to replace the one-to-one health advice of a licensed professional and that many of the therapies we talk about: from peptides to psychedelics, to even genetic testing, are not therapies that an Ontario-licensed ND has access to and are discussed for purely educational purposes. I hope you enjoy this conversation! Here are some of the links discussed in the episode: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
May 21, 2020
Episode 9: Reclaiming Our Sacred Feminine Energy with Erica Robinson, Women's Health Coach
I talk to my friend Erica L. Robinson, a naturopathic medicine graduate, health coach, holistic nutritionist, kinesiologist and expert on the sacred embodied feminine.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Daoism there is a Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine) energy present in all things. From the anima and animus of the Jungian psyche, our relationships, the archetypes in Disney's The Lion King, to all of society, we can find a dualistic masculine/feminine nature.  According to Erica, female burnout and hormonal dysfunction such as hair loss, infertility, acne, and fatigue come in large part to living in a more masculine energetic state.  It's through reclaiming and embodying the feminine aspects of our being that can allow women to feel energized, connected, creative, balanced and in flow.  It's important to note at this point that when we talk about masculine/feminine duality we are speaking of something different than gender, or even biological sex. However, Erica's clients are largely cis-gendered, female-identifying, heterosexual women and so most examples will be with this in mind--we can't speak for everyone's experience. However, of course we all have masculine and feminine parts within our beings and our relationships, and this dualism exists on a spectrum.  This is a fascinating episode that discusses a problem that I have identified in myself, at the heart of many hormonal imbalances in my patients, and that Erica has located as a core feature in the health issues she's worked with in her career.  I hope you enjoy this dynamic conversation!  Erica's website: Reclaiming Our Sacred Feminine Energy webinar Her Instagram Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
May 20, 2020
Episode 8: Nutritional Inspiration with Melissa Ieraci, Holistic Nutritionist and Homeopath
I talk to Melissa Ieraci, a fellow Bloor West Wellness practitioner, Holistic Nutritionist and Homeopath. If you are a patient at Bloor West Wellness you may have met Melissa, who womans our front desk and keeps the show going as well as treats her own patients, focusing on making sure families nourish themselves through diet, herbal medicine and lifestyle.  Melissa and I recorded this conversation at the midst of the physical distancing measures put in place in our province, Ontario in early April.  We talk about her Instagram Live channel, Mondays with Mel in which she shares amazing recipe ideas and food inspiration, like dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free ice cream sandwiches. Yes, you heard that right. And they sound delicious.  Eating well can sometimes be an overwhelming task. Not all of us want to think about food all the time, and so Mel has you covered. She is a baking wizard, and food creationist, coming up with simple, delicious recipes that are packed full of nutrition (and child-tested).  Listen to this episode if you're looking for some nutritional inspiration, recipe ideas, tips on grocery shopping and meal prep, and want to hear a lame joke about frozen bananas (that one was me, sadly). We also talk Springtime health needs, the lymphatic system and self-care in the age of Covid.  Enjoy!  Melissa's website: Her Instagram (where you can catch Mondays with Mel live): My 5-Day Meditation Challenge:
May 20, 2020
Episode 7: The Enneagram and Personality with Joseph Simone, Enneagram Expert
My friend Joseph Simone is a teacher by trade and musician. He's also fascinated by the human mind: how do our individual brains work? Are we all born with unique personality traits that, if understood, can help us relate more optimally to ourselves, our dreams and our goals, while having more compassion for others?  Joseph and I talk about the Enneagram of Personality, an ancient personality system that is composed of 9 main core types, subtypes and 3 main instincts.  This topic is complex and this interview only barely scratches the surface.  Joseph is a hilarious individual (Enneagram Type 4), and a wealth of information. His website contains information that well exceeds the bounds of our 40-minute interview.  On his site you can take a test to hone in on your core type, instincts and tritype as well as peruse tons of information about the Enneagram as a personality system.  Joseph also has an amazingly engaging Facebook group where participants can submit collages for typing.
May 19, 2020
Episode 6: Anxiety and Men's Mental Health with Dr. Katie Thomson Aitken, ND
I talk to my friend and colleague, Dr. Katie Thomson Aitken, a naturopathic doctor practicing in Guelph, Ontario with a special focus in anxiety and men's mental health.  Dr. Katie and I talk about the unique issues men experience with their mental health, including some hormonal underpinnings that drive mental health issues in this population.   We also talk about how to manage anxiety and stress: when is it appropriate to stay with emotions vs. spring into action to manage strong emotions like anxiety and panic?  Dr.  Katie is working on a book and offers a program to help manage anxiety and stress called the Tranquil Minds program.  Read her book "Create Calm".  Visit her site here Instagram: Her Facebook community:
May 19, 2020
Episode 5: 5 Key Nutrients for Mental Health
In this solo episode I geek out on my top 5 supplements for mental health conditions. While every patient is different, these 5 nutrients play a major role in our mental health and mood. Most have been shown to decrease symptoms of depression.  I introduce you to these 5 nutrients, talk about issues around testing and supplementation and describe how they fare in the latest research.  Studies and sources in order of mention: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
May 18, 2020
Episode 4: Mood and Menstruation a Back-to-Back Interview with Dr. Anne Hussain, ND
In this episode, Dr. Anne Hussain, naturopathic doctor, menstruation guru, PCOS-solver, and period literacy advocate, and I go back-to-back with two interviews. First I talk to Dr. Anne about how hormones affect our mood, then she interviews me.  As you know I'm super interested in the intersection between our mental health and hormones. Hormones are really cool (as we discuss in these two interviews): they orchestrate how we feel physically and mentally. Our moods are subservient to our hormonal states and learning how to honour these hormones is so important for living in accordance with nature and our body's rhythms.  We talk about all kinds of juicy topics: self-care (including Anne's awesome Self-Care Grid), the relationship between hormones and mood, what a typical cycle looks like hormonally and how that can influence your mental health, and the affect of the Birth Control Pill on our hormones, moods and mental health (and why it's important to make informed choices when it comes to your body, your brain and your hormones).  Find Dr. Anne's community here: Her Instagram Page: And check out her website here: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
May 18, 2020
Episode 3: Trauma and EMDR with Ayan Mukherjee, Registered Psychotherapist
I'm so excited for this interview I had with my friend and colleague Ayan Mukherjee, Registered Psychotherapist and Certified EMDR Therapist.  In this episode, we talk trauma (both with a capital T and lower case t). We talk about how trauma forms in the brain and how that can affect our mental and emotional states, how EMDR works as an evidence-based form or rewiring the traumatized brain, and how healing from trauma may first mean addressing dissociation and internalized parts.   This is such an informative conversation.   A WORD OF WARNING, however: we do get into discussing trauma and various forms of physical abuse. So, if you want to avoid these topics, it's best to stay clear of this conversation, or listen to this episode in a calm and neutral place. You can find Ayan at his website:  His Instagram:  And purchase his art on his online Etsy Store: Good Mood Foundations: a 6-week lifestyle program for mental health and emotional wellness:
May 18, 2020
Episode 2: The Fascinating and Threatening Other with Victor Cirone, Registered Herbalist
I talk to Victor Cirone, Certified Herbalist and scholar of Steiner, Jung, Freud, Hillman and other psychoanalytic characters.   We talk about society's search of "the perfect image" and how this leads to a breakdown in mental and physical health, and society.  We talks herbs and dreaming, how Jung and Freud's theories of dreaming differ, and how to connect more deeply with the "fascinating and threatening other", to unify the Self.   Visit Victor's site here:
May 18, 2020
Episode 1: Do You Need a Mental Health Diagnosis?
I discuss why a label may be helpful in terms of accessing research, community and specialists with a specific focus, but isn't particularly helpful for accessing the root cause of our concerns.   Unlike insulin for type I diabetes, mental health conditions aren't caused by one single factor that a proper diagnosis can help us uncover.   Instead, they're complicated phenomena that are likely the results of various factors at play.   My job as a naturopathic doctor is to figure out how these factors work together to help you develop a roadmap to reverse them.
May 18, 2020