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Ep 47 - Trusting Your Child With Other Care Providers

March 21st, 2018

With the constant bombarding by the media, news, and internet it is difficult to trust our children with other people. 

Just the idea of leaving your precious munchkin with a stranger for the entire day causes heart palpitations in some of us. 

Today on the show I am responding to a listener's question about childcare and trusting our children with other people and other childcare providers. I talk about the inner work we, mothers, have to do in order to have an easy transition and pass on our child over to someone else's care, and also about different childcare options available, how, where and what to look for when looking for the right person or care facility. 

Raising children and parenting is a triggering experience, and separating from your child is one of the most triggering experiences you will ever have. I talk about how we can calm our anxieties and feel confident with regards to our decisions and how to thrive in the midst of it all.  

Journaling exercises I've mentioned on the show: 

I don't trust other people because... 

I feel challenged to separate from my child because...


Ep 46 - Find The Origin Of Your Current Dis-Ease With This Simple Exercise

March 14th, 2018

Your body is communicating with you constantly, and physical symptoms are a language. Whether you have a hormonal disbalance, weight gain, hair loss, acne, adrenal fatigue or other health condition your symptoms are not random and usually originate in your past. Every single time when I do health coaching with women we get to look at the little girl inside of them who's still feeling hurt, unseen and unheard for a reason and many times reveal that the symptom that is manifested in them is simply a way for the body to communicate with you and get your attention. 

If you want to truly heal your health condition from the core this work is essential. 

Do this exercise and share your results with me, you can email me at

Until next time :)   

Much love and healing, 



Ep 45 - Bringing Fun, Adventure And Travel Back Into Your Mom Life with guest Jodi Fried

March 5th, 2018

"There is no reason why we can't incorporate fun and adventure into our mom life"

Today on the how I am chatting with Jodi Fried who is a wife, mom, and mentor who empowers moms to build travel & adventure into their family lives, enabling enriching experiences for themselves and their families, enhancing balance in their own lives, and most of all, bringing moms toward the fulfillment they dream of. Her four kids keep her on her toes and in constant growth mode. At her core, Jodi is all about love, adventure, and of course, being a mom!

Here's what we covered on the show today: 

  • Why it's important for moms to pursue their passions and continue to have fun even while mothering?
  • The best part about adventuring with kids and family
  • How to overcome all the hardships and obstacles of traveling and adventuring with kids without having a terrible time?
  • Practical tips for a mom who wants to adventure again
  • Travel costs and a few tips on traveling on a budget

Show Notes 


Facebook Group:

Register to the 5-Day Reclaim Adventure in Your Mom Life Challenge:

Jodi's website:

Cash Back Portals, like or
ASTC Passport Program (your museum membership may enable you free access to other museums around the globe)

Ep 44 - The Yoga of Motherhood with guest Tracey Soghrati

March 2nd, 2018

"Becoming a parent is the deepest and most profound yoga practice you will ever have"

Bringing a new life into the world is a big deal, there's no question about that.

It's exciting, scary and monumental.

From the moment a baby is born he is fully dependent on you - for food, physical and mental comforting and everything else that is encompassed in this experience.

In the health space for women and mothers, there's a lot of awareness to take a really good care of a baby. In fact, it's all about the baby.

From the moment you discover you are pregnant, you get into "baby mode". You and hubby will start researching strollers for baby, cute little clothes for baby, furniture for baby, toys for baby, food for baby - it's all baby-centric!

Even if you decide to exercise and take care of yourself for a change you'll see classes like prenatal yoga that are designed to prepare you for birth and a proper positioning of the baby in your uterus.

You've got the point. It's baby all the way.

One thing that is being overlooked and almost ignored is the wellbeing of the woman that is going to birth to this baby. The woman that will step into the new role of a mother. The young lady who will have to face all the new challenges that come with this new role.

She is not trained, she is not educated, guided or supported. She is just left to figure it all out on her own, we assume she knows how. But so many women don't know how. So many women struggle with things like post-partum depression, don't believe they have what is needed to raise really good human beings and achieve what they've always wanted. Instead, I see these women, settle for less than, I see them subscribing to the story that motherhood and parenting are hard and unsatisfying.

No one talks about her physical and mental wellbeing. No one prepares you for the loss of self-identity and grief that is involved in birthing this new life, which is also birthing a new you. From that moment onwards you will no longer know yourself the way you knew before you became a mom.

In the process of becoming a mother, you are losing sleep, time, fun, friends, travel, peace, quiet - in one word, you are losing your freedom. You are losing your pre-mom self and stepping into responsibility and real adulthood.

As a result, many women might feel resentment, anger, and regret. These feelings are normal and ok to feel. You are not crazy, you are not insane. What you are going through is grieving. There's sadness and pain in seeing that little girl not being free anymore, there's pain in seeing this girl becoming responsible for someone else, for having someone dependent on her 100%. And there's no way back.

I want you to know that all of that is an illusion. The only reason why all of that feels hard, difficult and icky is only that you don't have the tools to deal with this new challenge. Is should have been taught or passed down to you by your mother, but of course, since your own mother wasn't taught that herself, she can't teach you what she herself doesn't know. So there are generations upon generations of women and mothers who don't understand themselves, don't know how to regulate themselves, and as a result, raise children who are the same.

This is particularly important if you are raising a daughter. Imagine how would it feel to talk to your daughter about this stuff? Imagine how different her life would be if you teach her how to take care of herself while raising her own child.

No one teaches her how to regulate her feelings and emotions that pop up along with raising a baby who is crying a lot, many times for no apparent reason. No one teaches her how to comfort herself, how to take care of herself and how to not project her own stuff into this new life. No one talks about the fact that children come to the world complete and whole and how because of having mothers who don't understand them and themselves perpetuate generations of humans that are detached from themselves and the present moment.

We are unconscious, unaware, don't know ourselves, so how can we know who these little people are? On a soul level? How can you contain their potential as humans if you don't yet contain yourself as a human being?

That is the core of my mission behind Health Begins With Mom. I want to create that mothering support for you, that circle from which you can grow, learn and thrive. From which you can understand yourself as a human being and raise your children to know and feel that they are whole, complete and resourceful, and grow to be humans we need more of in the world.

Today on the show I am chatting with a friend of mine who's also my yoga instructor, Tracey Soghrati. Before I introduce you to Tracey I have a little warning, we get into a deep and interesting conversation about the process of motherhood, some of the stuff we talk about might sound woo-woo to some of you. I want you to listen anyway, especially if you're a new mom. There's a lot of wisdom and insight you will gain from this conversation.

So, now that I have that out of my way, I'm going to introduce you to Tracey.

Tracey Soghrati is a yoga instructor, educator, and her vision is to share yoga philosophy & practice in a manner that is authentic, accessible and applicable to modern day life. Her classes are grounded in a sound knowledge of the physical body and a humble perspective on the power of the mind. She seeks to incorporate self-inquiry as a tool of self-realization in every practice. She specializes in delivering classes that are healing and invigorating for all levels of the body. From personal experience, I can share that Tracey's classes feel like a therapy session on top of exercise, and I found myself many times in a weird yoga posture with teary eyes and in deep contemplation.

Here's what we covered:

  • The story of the loss of a mother at a young age that brought Tracey to discover yoga at a young age along with challenges
  • The definition of the 'Yoga of Motherhood'
  • The integration of the self and how your yoga practice can help you to hold more of who you are as a human being.
  • The process of rebirth that happens on the yoga mat and the opportunity you have to rediscover your true self.
  • How does the practice of yoga facilitate our evolution of mothers?
  • Loss of self-identity after becoming a mother
  • The five afflictions that can interrupt your ability to deal with challenges and how does yoga & meditation can help with
  • The practice of coming into the present moment and the opportunity you get to be with yourself and see yourself more clearly and face yourself.
  • How your yoga practice can help you build the capacity to deal with scary emotions like fear, anger. rage, insecurity, fear of abandonment, or the biggest fear of all "I can't parent or mother properly".

Show Notes


Ep 43 - Three Lessons I’m Learning From My Mothers

February 22nd, 2018

Welcome to another episode of the Health Begins With Mom Podcast, this is Dorit Palvanov your host. If this is your first time listening, welcome! And if you are a regular listener, I want to thank you for spending the next 30 minutes or so with me today. If you are a busy mama believe me I know the value of time, and how scarce it is because I am currently in the trenches right there with you. I am also a busy mama, I have three girls under age 8, married and on a mission to build a business that will bring my family financial freedom as well as inspire and touch women and mothers all around the world. My goal with this podcast and my work is to help mothers understand that before raising their children, they have to raise themselves, feel good in their female body, live up to their fullest potential, thrive as women and parent and mother from that empowered place. In order to raise really good kids, you must first understand that raising children is not a stand-alone project. It is a life's mission you do with intention and deliberation, especially if you want to do an amazing job at raising good human beings that we need more in the world.

It all starts with you. This podcast is called Health Begins With Mom for a reason. The word Health really means all the various aspects of life that make up our humanity - physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health. Specifically, things like spiritual practice and connection to a higher power, sacred work & career, romantic relationships, great relationships with your family & friends, physical health and feeling vital in a female body, cultivating health and abundance with your finances as well, emotional health, happiness and inner joy, creativity & self expression.

All of those things make up who you are, therefore I believe that looking for work-life balance doesn't work because you are not only two things. You are all of the things I've just mentioned. Putting work-life one against the other is like putting them on a scale with work on one side and all of life on the other side. Does this seem like a fair equation to you? Is it even a sustainable equation? My answer is not. I've tried to live this way believe me. It doesn't work.

Today on the show it's me solo speaking to you from my heart. I think this is an important conversation that not many people talk about, and today I want to open it up for you and me. so let's dive in.

If you've been following me for a while you know that I am interested to know how to thrive in my life as a woman, wife, and mother without sacrificing my health and wellbeing. How can I live up to my fullest potential as a woman without feeling like I am putting myself on hold? How can I have a meaningful and connected relationship with my husband, daughters and other people in my life in a way that nourishes and fills me up as opposed to draining me?

I want to make it very clear here that I am not talking about feeling happy all the time, nor am I looking for ways to avoid pain. Nope. That is not the intention here.

I understand that this is unsustainable either, and I do understand that there is beauty and wisdom in pain as well. It is all a matter of perspective. I want to learn how to have the right mindset along with some strategies to help myself evolve as a woman through life feeling like I am thriving, progressing and feeling joy in every stage of my life.

One thing I've been doing since I'm a little girl is learning through observation and asking questions. I've been observing my own mother, grandmothers, aunts, and other women in my life and seeing how they're living their lives. I can vividly remember myself seeing how they live and thinking to myself NOT THIS. This is not how I want to live my life.

I am going to take you on a short trip around my family's maternal lineage and show you how these women have suffered throughout their entire lives. My great-grandmother was a beautiful woman who've lost her husband in World War II and was left alone with three kids. Because of her youth and beauty, she was able to still get married (at the time women with children were considered as damaged goods and I'm saying it lightly). Her second marriage wasn't very good but she chose to stay in it because she didn't believe in her ability to sustain herself. Eventually, she passed away in grief and sadness. My grandmother (one of her daughters) physically lost the ability to walk at around age 70, and eventually suffered a brain seizure which led to a long and painful death. My own mom, who I love dearly, had denied her needs so much and that eventually physically manifested as a depression at age 40 which she had for a full year.

Now, this trend of women who are manifesting dis-ease in their body is not unique to my maternal line. I've seen other women, aunts, women on my father's side and husbands side who've had very similar verdicts. Women everywhere are suffering as a result of not fully discovering themselves, their needs and because of their inability to communicate them to other people.

I know what you must be thinking. You can't really compare our generation to past generations, they didn't have the opportunities we have today. Which is true. But each generation had opportunities related to their time. For example, I know women from that generation who've chosen to move to a different province and go to school even while having children at home. They relied heavily on other people's help and were able to eventually sustain themselves and the kids. I know this is a sensitive topic and it is difficult to say these things without judgment so all I'm going to say is that I want to learn from all these women's mistakes to which I refer collectively as 'my mothers' and hopefully create a better life for myself, my daughters and you!

Today I want to talk about three most profound mistakes I've learned from my mothers and I'm also going to talk about what I think you should do instead in order to avoid unnecessary pain.

Mistake number one is the inability to identify your own needs and then to communicate them to other people. Last episode I've spoken about the importance of mastering relationships because as human beings, and especially women we are wired for connection. People are in connection with other people, whether they are your spouse, your children, your co-workers, other family members, friends, etc. The premise here is understanding that it is your job to communicate your needs, and you cannot expect other people to understand you or read your mind. This is not their job. This is your job. Communication is skill number one you must learn. And yes, this is a learnable skill!

Why do most people prefer not to go there? Why do most women prefer not to communicate or state their needs? Why didn't and don't my mothers state their needs? Well, that is for two reasons. Reason number one is they don't know what they need, or at least they think they don't. And reason number two is because we are not taught how to do this effectively. We are not taught how to be in conflict or respond to conflict. Now, here's what I want you to understand, in order to succeed in life and relationships, you must embrace conflict. We must come to peace with the idea that when two, or more people are in connection, there will be disagreements. This is just a given. A reality of life. If you want your relationships to nourish and fill you up you must embrace conflict and learn how to communicate your needs effectively and respectfully.

In a minute I will mention a tool you can use in order to help yourself state these needs, but before I do I want to talk about mistake number two.

So, mistake number two I've observed my mothers do is that they live and lived the majority of their lives without knowing how to regulate their big and scary emotions. Most people and I'm not talking about children here, I mean adult people, don't know how to bounce back after feeling fear, embarrassment, disappointment, shame, feeling of inferiority, feeling small and not respected, or feeling unseen. All of these are emotions, and as human beings, we are emotional beings. We feel things. Do not let your emotions to drive your car. Emotions by nature are temporary, which means that they come and go, and we must learn how to feel in control of our emotional state. When we don't learn how to process our emotions, we feel stuck and unsuccessful, we feel weak and as a result, numb ourselves.

Numbing is a coping and soothing mechanism we use to feel good, to bounce back. However, most of us are using the wrong soothing mechanism. Do you know what I mean by numbing? Some people numb themselves with destructive things like alcohol, drugs or sex. But the majority of people numb themselves with subtle things like TV, sleep, gossip, working too hard and too much, getting themselves busy with mundane things just to fill up their schedule and time in order to not feel the discomfort.

Learning to regulate your big and scary emotions is crucial for your own health and wellbeing and of course is extremely important to teach this to your children.

So, mistake number one is not knowing what you need and communicate it, and mistake number two is not knowing how to regulate your big and scary emotions. I promised to share a great tool you can use to initiate this process and start practicing it. In the show notes, I am attaching two links to two wonderful resources you can use, the first one is called the Needs Inventory and the second one is called The Emotions Inventory. I haven't created these, these are created by the Centre For Nonviolent Communication and the goal is to teach you to communicate effectively. So, here's what you can do for starters, go through the needs and feelings lists, and in your journal write down how you're feeling and what do you need. Ask yourself what do I feel right now? And then ask yourself, which need is not being met? Now is the hard job - communicating what you've come up with. In order to do so, you need to articulate a clear sentence using the need you've identified. Example: "Right now I feel irritable and overwhelmed because the laundry is overflowing and the sink is full of dishes and I have a strong need for order and harmony otherwise I cannot feel centered. Can you please help?"

This work is not easy but so important! It requires a lot of courage and willingness to be vulnerable. If you feel like you need help with identifying your needs and feelings and communicating them either with your spouse or your children, please reach out to me. I offer intensive one-on-one coaching sessions for women where we do this kind of work together, and then you go out there and practice it with people around you. You can email me at

Alright, let's get into mistake number three I've learned from my mothers. That is giving so much to the point of depletion. I call this "unconscious giving". Why unconscious? Because behind this giving there is fear. Fear that if I don't give I will suffer. If I don't give I am not going to be accounted as a good wife, mother, woman, employee, friend, etc. By the way, this kind of giving is another form of numbing because in your head you're feeling like you are being of service (or saving someone), but in reality, this is only taking away people's power. Unconscious giving is a negative kind of giving. This kind of giving is one-sided because energetically it shuts off reciprocity. Energetically, you are not allowing the other person to give back to you, to do the same to you. Because you don't need anything back from them.

Say your husband got sick. Obviously, you are going to take care of him, bring him food and drink, change his sheets, or do whatever you can to help him heal faster. At which point does this become unconscious? When you are sick, and no one comes to help you. He doesn't bring you tea and food, he doesn't reciprocate. Why does this happen? Because you haven't taught him how to reciprocate to you, how to treat you. Because you haven't communicated to him what you need or what you expect of him. See how crucial it is to know what you need? If you don't know and understand yourself, how can you expect anyone to understand you?

Stop saving people, stop feeling like a hero. You're not. You're only depleting yourself and robbing them of their ability to give back to you and themselves. It's like you don't believe in their ability to take care of you or themselves.

That's how this may sound: "Don't worry about me, I'm fine, just make sure you are ok", or you cook for them, clean for them, but ask for nothing in return. This kind of giving raises selfish spouses and children. So, in order to eradicate this from your life get intentional about giving and also pointing out that it would be nice if they did the same for you. Here's an example: "honey, I am happy to help taking care of the kids and house while you work, and I'd appreciated if you could give me the weekend so that I can catch up with my own work as well". This is something you could say to your kids: "Sweetie, I am happy to pack your school lunch, and I would appreciate it if you could empty the dishwasher when you come back home from school."

Do you see how by communicating like this you are allowing for reciprocity? This is very important!

So, as you can see the three mistakes I've learned from my mothers are basically skills they didn't learn. What's good about skills is that they are learnable that you can practice and master in order to enhance your life. In order to live your life the best way possible, in order to thrive in your life as a woman, wife, and mother you must prioritize yourself as a human being. After all, you are a child of God and you deserve to feel respected, seen, heard, taken care of, nourished, and so on. You owe this to yourself and to your children. Only when you thrive as a woman and human being can you raise children who know how to communicate effectively, embrace conflict in a way that nourishes them and anyone who's in contact with them. That is what I want for myself, my daughters and for you.

I hope this has been helpful and insightful. So your action task for today is to start practicing stating your feelings and needs, first to yourself and then to people you're connected to. If you need help or support feel free to reach out to me, you can email me at

Show Notes 

Needs Inventory 

Feelings Inventory

Book a discovery call with me


Ep 42 - Thriving In Your Marriage and Relationships with Tal Dew Shaish

February 14th, 2018

You are a woman.

You might be a wife.

You might be a mother.

Regardless, in order to thrive in your life, you will have to master being in connection and relationship with other human beings. This is just a fact of life. As human beings, and especially as women, we are wired for connection, conversation, communication and relating to other beings. One of the most significant relationships you will ever have is your relationship with your spouse or partner. For most of us, the beginning is great, exciting and sparkled with confetti and pink candy. And then, things basically go downward from there. In my work with women I hear complains such as "he's not the man I married", "there were so many promises that didn't actualize", "we're growing apart", "we live like roommates, and have nothing to talk about other than the house logistics and the kids".

So what do we do? What can we do to keep the love alive?

Today on the show I am chatting with Tal Dew Shaish who is a personal coach, mentor and the author of the book "The 12 Keys to Finding Love in Less Than 300 Dates". In her work she's training people to better interpersonal communication, leading them to breakthroughs in their personal and romantic lives. With many (many) years of being a single woman, endless relationships and dates under her belt, Tal brings a unique outlook on the world of older singles, and on interpersonal communication between couples.

Here's what we cover on the show:

  • Tal's personal "300-dates" story
  • Why do relationships lose their spark and excitement over time?
  • What can we do in order to strengthen our relationships and make them last long-term?
  • Why it's important to let the father play an active role in raising the kids
  • Why shouldn't we be fighting in front of the kids?
  • The importance of nourishing yourself within the "confinement" of a relationship
  • What is the new model of relationship?

I think you are going to love this show, especially since it's going live on Valentines Day! So happy valentines and hope you'll listen to this podcast interview and implement some of the tips Tal shares. I would love to know what are your takeaways from this episode, your feedback is super important to me since this is how I learn about your interests so I can keep producing content you care about and find interesting. So feel free to reach out to me at

Show Notes 

Tal's website 

Tal's FB group 

Tal's LinkedIn profile 

Tal's book: The 12 Keys to Finding Love in Less Than 300 Dates

Gottman Card Decks App


Ep 41 - Why Every Woman Who’ve Gone Through Childbirth Must Do Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy with Guest Karin Salzman

February 7th, 2018

As a women's health coach one thing I talk to women about is getting back in shape after having a baby, but this is not the kind of shape you are thinking about. I am not talking about losing weight or getting your pre-baby body back. I've done a whole interview about this topic with Stephanie Sibbio who's a holistic health coach, specializing in fitness and nutrition for new and expecting moms, so if you're interested in this topic, listen to episode #6. 

Today we are going to talk about getting your pelvic floor back in shape. This is important especially if you've gone through vaginal birth, but could be necessary even if you've had a c-section. Almost all women need to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist after birth. If you are struggling with incontinence, pain during intercourse, prolapse, tearing this episode is for you.

This topic is important because way too many women are afraid to talk about this feel shame and embarrassment and if they have these symptoms they are somehow damaged goods or broken. I want you to know that nothing can be further from the truth. You are a child of God and you deserve to be happy, to lead a joyful and full life. You have everything you need to thrive all you need to do is stay curious, open and be willing to do the work. Personally, I am done with keeping quiet, not talking about embarrassing and vulnerable issues. I hope this episode is helpful for you, feel free to reach out to me or Karin in our closed Facebook group 'Busy Moms Get Healthy', where we continue the conversation and you can ask questions related to your health or the health of your family. We are here to support you and your family. 

By the way, If you are interested to work with me privately please feel free to reach out to me via email, I help women and teenage girls to love themselves, honor their body and thrive in it. I teach a system called The Feminine Current which is all about aligning how you live, love, work, play, mother, and parent with your body's innate wisdom. I will teach you how to organize your life in a way that will feel like you are flowing and living with ease and lots of energy as opposed to being overwhelmed, stuck, and irritated. You deserve to live this way as so do your children. If this sounds interesting or at least something you are curious about let's chat. I want to hear from you and would love to get on the phone with you. Send me an email and let's see if we are a good fit. 

Today on the show I am chatting with Karin Salzman, a wife and mom of 4, and a physiotherapist who helps women heal from symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction so they can thrive and achieve their potential. 

Here's what we cover on the show: 

  • What is pelvic floor physiotherapy
  • what are the symptoms of someone who needs pelvic floor physiotherapy 
  • The five functions of the pelvic floor 
  • What could disrupt the natural function of the pelvic floor
  • An exercise to locate the pelvic floor area
  • How would you know if you have a problem with your pelvic floor
  • Why are Kegel exercises not good enough to strengthen the pelvic floor?
  • Why didn't I know about this kind of therapy?
  • when is a good time to visit a pelvic floor physiotherapist? Before or after birth?
  • What can I expect at a visit with a pelvic floor PT?

Show Notes: 

Karin Salzman PT
Pelvic Health Physiotherapist


Ep 40 - Respectful & Peaceful Parenting with guest Avital Schreiber (AKA The Parenting Junkie)

January 31st, 2018

Before we get into today's episode I want to talk about you. I want to talk about your life, the way you show up in how you live, love, play, work, mother, and parent. Are you happy? Do you feel like you are thriving? Do you feel successful? Do you feel proud of yourself, of the way you raise your family and show up in your life? Do you feel good in your body, with your energy levels, with how you organize your day? Or do you feel like a panting dog most days, like you are running around and around in circles and never having enough time to finish anything? Does this sound familiar?

Do you feel endless exhaustion, moodiness, hormonal, in all sorts of pain, looking at yourself in the mirror with disgust and shame, having a flakey hair, flaky skin, disconnected from yourself? Feeling chronically unappreciated, lonely, constantly yelling, and never feeling like you have enough.

Do you feel like all you do is survive the day instead of thriving in your days?

The only reason I bring this up is because I have been that woman not long ago. For the most part, I had everything I needed - I had the house, the marriage, kids, my work but something was missing. The missing piece was me. I wasn't present. I was doing all the things, showing up for the logistics but going to bed feeling depleted. Admitting this wasn't easy, I had to be willing to be uber honest with myself and say out loud that, slowly, I was wasting my life away.

The questions to ask here is when? When will you wake up and decide that it's time for a change? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. When will you decide that it's time to take care of you? When is it time to give yourself what you've been giving to others all this time?

I want you to know that it is possible to change your current reality if you feel like you are not living up to your potential. If you feel like you are wasting your life, Like I did. But where do you start? Here's an amazing exercise for you to do at home or once you have some time for yourself. Start by writing out what it is that you really want, or would be nice to have. Do this exercise even if it feels like you are fooling yourself or wasting time doing it. Do it anyway! This is your doorway to seeing what's possible. Because If you can write it, it can be achieved. Period.

Then I want you to reach out to me and share with me what you've come up with. I want to invite you to chat with me, and share with me what is it that you need right now in order to feel good. What is it that you need but don't dare to admit to anyone, not even to yourself?

I work with women and mothers who are ready to step out of their own way, define what it is that they need, voice it loud and clear and then create the reality they want for themselves. In order for this to happen you need to have the mindset down, your health in check, you need to learn how to organize your life around your fluctuating hormones so that you can rip the maximum of each day. This is super important if you are a busy mom who doesn't have time to waste. Whether you're running a business, organizing an event, getting ready for an important speech that has the potential to change your entire career, or even if you are raising small kids, juggling a million things all at once, you need to learn how to move through life in a female body, embodying femininity, sexuality, sensuality, mastering how to regulate your big and scary emotions. The truth is that we are not men and it is absurd, in my opinion, that we try to move through life like men and then feel like shit. This is because we are women, and women do life differently. So I encourage you to do this exercise and then reach out to me and we can chat about what it is that you need and how I can help you have more of what you want by doing less work and hustle. You can reach me at

Alright, so this ties beautifully with today's topic. Today we are talking about respect and peacefulness in parenting, and you and I know that it all has to start from within. We cannot respect other people unless we respect ourselves, respectful parenting begins with the inner work.

As a parent, you know that having children is one thing. Enjoying the process of raising them is another. Raising confident, resilient, self-reliant, independent, resourceful, explorative, children with a growth mindset is a completely different ballgame.

It requires intention, time investment, being present, and resourcefulness on our part as well. This is not an easy task nowadays where we have a million things pulling at us in different directions. We have our fulltime jobs, careers, activities, food planning and food prep, dishes, laundry, household stuff, kids school, driving them to and from, your marriage, friends & family, holidays, and so on. No wonder why so many of us, women and moms, are feeling like we are constantly out of balance, or searching for balance every single day.

The shiny object syndrome is alluding us to sometimes neglect, unintentionally, of course, the things that matter the most - enjoying your own life and the life, or lives, you've created.

We all want what's best for our kids. I think the vast majority of parents want to do a good job, most of us want to raise people we need more of in this world and not the opposite. I think the best approach to this would be realizing that raising kids will trigger you, it will bring up a lot of gunk from your past, things you haven't dealt with yet, and in a sense viewing parenting as an opportunity for personal growth and your kids as your teachers, or gurus

One website I really enjoy and is super helpful for me is The Parenting Junkie. Here's a little piece from the website: 

If you believe that parenting is a journey of transformational growth – for the parent, more than for the child.
If you believe there are no bad children, only children who are having a hard time.
If you believe no matter what situation you’re in – empathy will help.
If you believe that good parenting means striving for connection.
If you believe that connected parenting does not come naturally, but demands intense levels of commitment and deliberate practice.

Well, then my friend, you and I are already best buds.

Today on the show I am chatting with Avital Schreiber, the creator of The Parenting Junkie, who is a mindful parenting coach and imperfect Mom to three little-spirited gurus.

Avital's work is dedicated to helping parents to Love Parenting and to Parent from Love. The Parenting Junkie publishes weekly videos designed to inspire, inform and uplift and runs courses and memberships dedicated to prioritizing Play, Presence, and Peace in our and our children's lives. A HuffPost contributor, with an audience in all four corners of the globe, her work is endorsed and recommended by the leaders in the Parenting space, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, and Dr. Laura Markham.

Here's what we cover on the show

  • Why is it important to respect our children?
  • How to apply the respectful and peaceful parenting approach with regards to food and mealtime?
  • The Gardner and the Carpenter approach to raising children.
  • How is it that our children are our teachers? What are we learning from them?
  • Conscious feeding and feeding children with patience, love, good sense.
  • Feeling in control over your buying power with regards to food
  • The atmosphere we create when we eat and empowering kids to enjoy mealtime
  • The division of responsibility in feeding
  • Kids want to thrive and succeed, how we can tap into their inner wisdom
  • Prioritizing play as the pillar of childhood
  • Benefits of boredom and doing nothing

Show Notes

The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children by Alison Gopnik 

Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, Revised and Updated Edition by Ellyn Satter

Experts mentioned: Dr. Peter Grey, Alfie Kohn, Ken Robinson, Dr. Shefali Tsabari, Dr. Dan Siegel

The Division of Responsibility 

Present Play Membership Community 


Ep 39 - Sex After Baby With Guest Kimberly Johnson (aka Magamama)

January 24th, 2018

Today’s show is super juicy, super uncomfortable to talk about yet super important to talk about!

We are talking about post-partum. More specifically postpartum sex!

Remember yourself in the bedroom (or anywhere else for that matter) before having kids? Remember how wild and free you were? How you always found the time and energy to be intimate, how quickly and easily you got turned on? Remember the smell of your partner and how madly in love you felt after being intimate? I get goosebumps thinking back and recalling how different things were before kids came into the picture.

For me, after three vaginal births (and three extra mouths to feed) things are much different now.

Now we pretty much have to schedule a time in our calendars to make it happen, otherwise, there is just no time! With three young kids, sex is sort of like a chore or a to do. Now by the time kids go to bed we are exhausted and prioritize sleep over sex. After kids, I feel like we, women, sort of feel like we do our partners a HUGE favor for being intimate? Now your desire and passion for sex are not as acute as it used to be. Your hormones have changed, you have changed, your partner have changed and now is the time to go through the process, I call “adulting” which is when you realize that, although things are different now, you can still experience joy, ecstasy, pleasure and yes orgasm like a virgin!

You probably won’t be able to scream like a virgin, so go ahead put a hand on your mouth, do it in the basement, laundry room or simply wait for kids to be at school, but for the love of God do not give up on sex! It is such an important and crucial piece of your mental, emotional and physical health!

Today on the show I am talking with Kimberly Johnson, who is a certified Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Experiencing practitioner, doula, post-partum recovery specialist and retired yoga teacher. She has taught workshops on the intersection of women’s sexuality and spirituality throughout Brazil, Portugal, and the United States. She is the author of the book “The Fourth Trimester: A post parturm guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions and Restoring Your Vitality.” She specializes in birth injury, birth trauma, and sexual healing and currently works in private practice in Solana Beach, California.

Here’s what we covered on the show:

  • Kimberly’s story and how she healed herself from a pelvic prolapse after birthing her daughter
  • The definition of ‘sexological bodywork’ and why is it helpful for women who have experienced birth trauma
  • The definition of a ‘somatic experiencing’ and how she uses her training to help women post-partum
  • How to prepare for sex postpartum so both sides don’t feel disappointment?
  • The importance of learning to orgasm from a place of connection.
  • Nutrients and supplements to support healing post-partum.

Show Notes

The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality


Ep 38 - The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents with guest Marci Warhaft

January 17th, 2018

Today on the show I am chatting with Marci Warhaft who is a body image advocate, founder of the Fit vs Fiction workshops and author of “The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: Helping Toddlers, Tweens and Teens Thrive”, and blogger for the Huffington Post.  After battling her own body image issues, Marci created her Fit vs Fiction program to tear down the dangerous myths related to beauty and fitness and empower kids with the self-esteem they need to tune out negative messages and be proud of who they are instead of judging themselves for who they think they’re not. I've heard Marci speak at a local event and instantly loved her message and her mission and I'm super excited to bring her to you!

Show Notes

The Body Image Survival Guide For Parents - Helping Toddlers, Tweens, and Teens Thrive

Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works

Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight

The Masks of Masculinity 

Embrace Documentary 

Pussy A Reclamation


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