A brief introduction to Acceptance and Commitment therapy and how it can support you to live a more fulfilling life. Carolyn shares a couple of exercises that you can use daily to live more mindfully. What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy? How did it support Carolyn’s own wellness journey? How can l find out more about ACT? Listen in and empower yourself with the tools to move beyond the symptoms which are inhibiting you from living the life you want. The latest show!
In this episode ex-firefighter Joletta Belton talks of life six years on from her workplace injury. Hear in detail of Joletta’s injury and years of struggle in the first interview back in July 2015 (Episode 10). Based in Colorado, in this second interview Jo shares how she has moved beyond the pain by connecting with nature, living mindfully, volunteering, building a fulfilling life and strong body. Listen in and be inspired as Jo talks of her loves of photography, cooking, writing and connecting with others who face similar health challenges. An inspiring discussion with Jo who has her own blog and social media platforms. Listen in and connect with her as she shares the Wellness message. Live simply, live better and appreciate every day. The latest show!
Carolyn reviews this amazing book on mindfulness written by Dr Stephen McKenzie and Dr Craig Hassed. A treasure trove of quotes, insight and reflective tools that will support your mindfulness practice and wellness journey. There are some very helpful chapters on topics such as Anxiety, Depression, Dementia and Cancer to name a few. This is a wonderful book for those wanting to live a more mindful life, to understand what mindfulness is and to appreciate that at the core is a mindful approach to living each and every day. The latest show!
An in depth discussion about the role of treats, snacks, desserts and drinks in a whole foods based diet. Avoid the perils of being a sugar burner and reduce your carbohydrate intake with these handy tips. Base your food intake on whole foods, with a mindful approach to eating the much loved and desired Paleo treats. Carolyn reflects on the past 2.5 years as she has transitioned from the SAD diet to a clean eating Paleo intake and the challenges of lowering her sugar intake. This episode looks at the sugars in healthy foods and how these can be addictive and hard to resist. Mindful eating and living is at the core of maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding many of the modern illnesses ravaging society today. Carolyn’s health journey continues with the realisation that sugars such as honey are sometimes foods and shouldn’t be part of her everyday diet. Carolyn reviews the healthy drink options and the role of whole foods based snacks in a Food as Medicine approach.
Ex Firefighter Jo Belton who is based in California, shares her journey of recovery from an injury suffered on the job. Enduring years of pain, surgery and retirement from the career she loved, this is an inspiring story of a journey of self discovery, exploration, empowerment and motivation. Jo manages her pain by focussing on her creativity, University studies and strengths. She has chosen to embrace the whole person and is now sharing her journey and story to inspire others. Jo’s Website: www.mycuppajo.com
Mandy Mercuri shares her amazing wellness journey and gives us an insight into the impact Scoliosis has on her daily life, including the challenges of pregnancy and beyond. She shares her advice and tips for managing the pain and life adjustments without pain medication as she has done for the past six years. With mindfulness, internal strength and resilience, an incredible motivation and a desire to be the best person she can be, Mandy is living a full life and contributing to the wellbeing of others locally, online and through her own podcast: Health Champions in Action. Mandy is a very positive person with a drive that has often pushed her to the limit both mentally and physically. In this very open interview she shares a brave journey where after years of challenging the pain, a stay at a Pain Management Centre was the turning point for accepting the pain which is her constant companion but now no longer something to be feared.
A focus on managing physical pain with an exploration of self management techniques and how our mental and emotional resilience can influence the way we cope with pain. In this episode Carolyn reflects on her own wellness journey and how she didn’t manage her acute and chronic pain well. Pain medications were the main treatment used but now she can look back and reflect on how her health challenges have opened up a whole new world of self management techniques including mindfulness, nutrition, gentle exercise and self care. Carolyn talks about the public events coming up in National Pain Week and her experiences living with a husband and daughter who have ongoing pain management issues.