Ep 21 - Food Sensitivities Vs. Food Allergies with Guest Rebekah Fedrowitz

October 23, 2017

Have you ever heard the saying: "Seven Billion Diets For Seven Billion People"? This is a quote from Julie Daniluk's book, Meals That Heal Inflammation. These seven words resonate with me deeply because after working with women and children for the past five years I can tell you that although there are some common factors, for the most part, people are different and food isn't, and shouldn't, be seen as a black and white. Our bodies constantly communicate with us through various channels, some of these channels can be emotional and some can be physical. Today we are talking about physical channels of communications and in particular food sensitivities or allergies. Did you know that things like itchy skin, hair loss, brain fog, bloating, constipation and even body odor could be symptoms sensitivities to food? When it comes to helping your child, or yourself, with a food sensitivity or a food allergy, there is very little we can do conventionally, I've heard many moms complain about doctors who describe these symptoms as "it is all in your head". My intention here is not to go against conventional medicine, of course, but to educate you about other things you could do to help yourself or your child with food sensitivities or intolerances.

Today on the show I am talking with Rebekah Fedrowitz who is a board-certified holistic nutritionist, and mom to an energetic toddler. She is passionate about helping women find hope and direction as they navigate the overwhelming world of health for themselves and their families. Through her virtual wellness company, You Are Well, Rebekah teaches natural principles that can be applied to the way we eat, think, and live to positively impact both short-term and long-term health. Rebekah started her career in the health and wellness industry in 2005. She has had the opportunity to impact the health of individuals all over the country through private consulting, group programs, and health-based cooking classes.

Here's what we talk about:

  • The difference between a food sensitivity, food intolerance, and food allergy?
  • Why are there so many issues with food these days?
  • How can moms help children with a food sensitivity?
  • Best testing for a food sensitivity/intolerance/allergy for children and adults?
  • What is the elimination diet?
  • The process to go through if you suspect there is a sensitivity or intolerance to food

Show Notes 

Link to register for my webinar - How To Have a Healthy Meal Every Day Even When You Don't Have Time

How an Elimination Diet Could Help Reset Your Health

Everywell.com - at home food sensitivity test

You Are Well’s Elimination Diet: A 3-Step Food Solution Plan for Total Body Health

Rebecca's website: https://youarewell.co/

FB group: A Different Approach to Health™


Ep 20 - How To Get Your Sleep Back After Having A Baby with Guest Rachael Kullman

October 16, 2017

Sleep is such a crucial component of a healthy body and in the context of how to thrive as a woman (not only survive), we need to talk about sleep, or how to get it back. Sleep deprivation is almost guaranteed with motherhood, especially with a newborn. I find many parents choose to suffer through this stage in hopes that it will get better soon. However, eventually these sleep-deprived weeks turn into months and sometimes even years, and you find yourself sleep deprived for way too long. Sleep is non-negotiable for me and as a result, I sleep trained all three of my girls, since then I don't have issues with sleep. Without sleep, we literally cannot function as our entire hormonal system is being thrown off and out of whack which leads to other health issues.

Sleep deprivation has also been linked to health effects such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's, and cancer. Depression and anxiety disorders are also adversely impacted by lack of sleep. Not only that lack of sleep leaves you cognitively impaired which means that you are potentially putting yourself and your baby in danger. We've all heard the stories of the moms who forget their babies in the car or leave the stove on, etc. Really, this madness is actually preventable and I personally think you owe it to yourself and to your family. Other than having an opportunity to sleep enough hours, the fact that our kids were sleep trained allowed me and my husband to connect and literally save our marriage. You know how the trenches of parenthood can corrode even the best of love and romance, so do yourself and your loved ones a favor and hire a sleep coach!

Today on the show I am talking with Rachael Kullmann who is an infant and child sleep coach and the founder of Sweet Babydreams Sleep Coaching. She specializes in responsive and gentle sleep methods, working with children ages newborn to 5 years old. As a mother of 2 lively active children, Rachael knows what it means to experience sleepless nights and post-partum depression, as well as all the joys and laughter motherhood brings. Her passion is to see families thriving and well-rested, by empowering parents with the specific tools they need to encourage healthy sleep habits in their little ones for life.

Here's what we talk about on the show:

  • Why is crying actually a good thing for the baby?
  • I want to ask you what's the difference between a crying newborn and an older baby? Are there any differences in terms of how we should respond to the cry?
  • When is a good time to start sleep training?
  • Why is rocking baby to sleep not a good idea?
  • How to cope in a case when mom or dad cannot stand the sound of a crying baby?
  • How should parents respond to a crying baby?
  • What can parents do in order to minimise the crying?
  • When should you hire a sleep coach?

Show notes

I Want To Sleep Train My Baby But My Husband Can’t Handle A Crying Baby – What Do I Do?

Rachael's website

Registration for the webinar -  "How To Have A Healthy Meal Every Night Even When You Don’t Have Time!"


Ep 19 - Don’t Eat Your Way Through This Session #2: The Silent Tragedy Affecting Today’s Children

October 11, 2017

Today on the show I read an article that is circulating online and is called "The Silent Tragedy Affecting Today's Children", written by Victoria Prooday. I love her message and totally agree with what she says. As parents, we are not noticing that an entire generation of children is growing up to feel entitled, deserving and lack basic social skills. I see this in my work as well, as parents are afraid to say "No" to their kids, and by doing so are not providing their children with proper boundaries and limits and are not establishing themselves as authority figures but rather lower themselves to a "friend" level. This is wrong!!! You need to hear/read this and change, it is not too late. 


Ep 18 - Benefits of Yoga For Women Who Are Mothers With Guest Rachel Piccolo

October 9, 2017

Before we get into today’s show I want to remind everyone that I am hosting another webinar where I will be teaching you How To Have a Healthy Meal Every Day Even When You Don’t Have Time. I’ve created two time slots for you, one during the day and the other in the evening and would love to have you join me. This is a free class and I’ve created it because you’ve asked me to! So many moms complain that they don’t have the time, they don’t feel organized in the kitchen, mealtime is chaotic, children don’t sit to eat or eat very slowly, etc. I want to help you feel confident and solid with regards to the food situation in your household, all I ask from you is to come and participate, ask questions and engage with us. You can find the link to the registration page in the show notes below this episode, or on my website: healthbeginswithmom.com/ep-18. Also, you are welcome to join my FB community it is called Busy Moms Get Healthy, this is where we continue the conversation after the podcast goes live, and this is also where you can get direct access to the guests on the show. We’d love to have you join us.

Alright, so. Today on the show I am interviewing someone who is very special in my life and this is my yoga teacher, Rachel Piccolo. Now, I understand that you guys are not all local and this podcast reaches people all over, however, the intention behind this interview is not to excite you to come to Rachel’s classes, although I’d love to see you, but rather, to explore the world of yoga not only as a form of exercise but as a way of moving meditation. As mothers, we are busy, and this business, sometimes consumes us completely, so much so that we feel depleted, drained, tired and many times find ourselves miserable and unhappy during the peak of our lives.

Raising a family is definitely challenging and difficult, but this is also the season of your life when you’ll be most productive you’ll ever be. I talk a lot about sustainability here on the show and this is such a crucial component of my own sense of sustainability. Without yoga, and the community  I’ve established there I will not be able to thrive as a woman, wife or a mother.

Another thing I’d like to encourage you to do is to explore yoga at a professional yoga studio, not at a gym. There is something extremely calming, soothing and grounding about a smaller space, fewer lights and just a meditative atmosphere. Also, I encourage you to connect with the teacher and establish a relationship with her. Rachel is not only my yoga instructor but also one of my mentors. I love talking to her, listen to her advice and soak in her wisdom during and after class. Remember, you are the average of the five people you surround yourself with. Pay attention to that, who are those people, do they deserve your time and attention. I talk a lot about being intentional and deliberate about your time, money, health and relationships. You do not have time to waste. Be annoyingly intentional with regards to your self-care and one day your daughter will model you.

With that said, let’s jump to today’s interview with Rachel.

Show Notes

Registration Page For Webinar – How To Have a Healthy Meal Every Day Even When You Don’t Have Time

Join my FB Community


Ep 17 - Don’t Eat Your Way Through This! Session #1: My daughter’s journey with emotional eating

October 4, 2017

Today I am excited to introduce you to a new section of the podcast which is called Don't Eat Your Way Through This! This is where I will share some of my own insights and lessons from my motherhood, parenting and healing journey and also from my clients. Of course, this would all be confidential, but the intention here is to give you a glimpse into a coaching session and the kind of things I work through with parents. One of my visions for families around the world is to have more focus on connection and keeping the family together as opposed to obsessing over health and nutrition. Yes, nutrition is important, but I will always take nutritional deficiency, which is easier to reverse and fix as opposed to emotional stagnation. In today's show, I walk you through some of my daughter's struggle with food and how we navigate through that. Please remember that this work doesn't have an end goal or end destination. As humans, we are always growing, evolving and changing. With higher awareness and allowing yourself to be proactive instead of reacting and blaming you can do much more good and by doing so better the quality of your relationship with your child. 


Ep 16 - Eating Healthy On A Budget With Guest Nicole Cooley

October 2, 2017

Welcome back to another episode of the Health Begins With Mom Episode. I am Dorit Palvanov, your host. Today on the show we are talking about money, and more specifically, how to make healthy eating more affordable with value-based spending. But before we jump into today's interview, I would like to tell you about a webinar I am hosting that is coming up. It is called: How To Have a Healthy Meal Every Day Even When You Don't Have Time? This is totally free to you and I have created two time slots for you to choose from. One during the day and one in the evening, both of them in EST. I have a link to the registration page in the show notes below this episode if you are listening on your phone, or you can also go to my website: healthbeginswithmom.com/ep-16.

Alright, let's jump to today's interview. One of the questions I hear again and again in my coaching calls with parents is their struggle with the cost of eating healthy. I personally see healthy eating as a high leverage activity and an investment in my family's health, and so I will invest more money into better quality food and save on other things such as eating out, clothes (I don't buy brand names), shoes, travel (we'll do a camping trip instead of an expensive vacation abroad every year. Stuff like that. Although I can definitely give you some ideas and tips on how to make healthy eating more affordable, I am not a money coach. So today on the show I am talking with Nicole Cooley who is a money coach and trainer.

Nicole Cooley helps her clients manage their family finances by building a system to track their spending, creating debt and savings plans, exploring limiting beliefs and learning about value-based spending.  Her company, Money With Moxie, teaches women to be powerful with money and use it as a tool to design their ideal life.

Here's what we cover today:

  • What is money coaching and who is it for?
  • What is value-based spending?
  • How to apply value-based spending to healthy eating?
  • How to balance value based spending and debt repayment?
  • How to get your partner on board with adopting value-based spending?
  • Should you be having more or fewer credit cards

Show Notes

How To Have A Healthy Meal Every Night Even if You Don't Have Time - Webinar Registration

Nicole's website  

Download your Budgeting Starter Kit Here

Struggling With Eating Healthy On A Budget? What Your Food Numbers Are Really Telling You?

Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen


Ep 15 – Winning Breast Cancer With Aggressive Positivity, Art and Music With Guest Limore Twena

September 25, 2017

Hi guys, welcome back to the podcast! I am Dorit Palvanov, your host. Health Begins With Mom is the place for moms who want to learn how to thrive as women, wives, and mothers. Today I’m hosting a very special guest on the show, someone I’ve met through the Jewish community here in Toronto. Her name is Limore Twena.

Limore is a wife, mother a painter, a Judaica artist and a singer. She is a trained opera singer with a 3-octave range. She has performed for the Jackson Family, the LA police in honor of Shaquille O’Neal, the mayor and many more. She has worked with renowned Grammy-winning producers who’ve worked with Madonna, U2 The Rolling Stones and Andrea Bocceli.

I met Limore for the first time about three years ago and heard her beautiful voice. She is talented beyond belief!

As you know this show is not about music or the arts, but about health and specifically women’s health and the reason I wanted to have Limore on the show today is because she has been going through some rough times lately after being diagnosed with breast cancer and found it extremely inspiring how she was coping with the disease through self-love, making beautiful art and reaching, even more, people with her voice. Unfortunately, cancer is so prevalent among us these days and it is truly heartbreaking to see mothers leaving loved ones behind. When I saw how she copes with the disease by taking aggressive action, surrounding herself with community, love, life force and the right mindset.
I have reconnected with her after an event she performed at where she had revealed her story and took off the wig off her head. It was heartbreaking, but at the same time, it was so raw, vulnerable and beautiful to see this woman giving even though she really needs to be on the receiving end. So today I want to talk to her about her health struggle, her family, career and how she uses her art to cope with such a challenging time in her life. I think you and I are going to leave in tears, inspired and motivated to keep going and fight for what matters in our lives.

With that said, Limore, welcome.

Show Notes

Limore’s music on iTunes


Ep 14 - Improving Chances For Natural Conception Through Holistic Nutrition with Guest Barbara Rodgers

September 18, 2017

Hi everybody and welcome to another episode of the health begins with mom podcast. The place where moms and moms to learn about health & wellness for women and children and even more so, how to bring the message of health into our homes in a sustainable and practical way. As always, you are welcome to join my FB group called Busy Moms Get Healthy, where we expand the conversation after each episode, and where you can get a direct access to me and other moms who are on the same journey as you are. You can ask me questions, comment on posts and share tips or recipes that you like and work for you.

Today on the show we are talking about infertility, and specifically how to improve the chances of natural conception through food, nutrition and lifestyle changes. I know many people, including some very close family members who have struggled or are still struggling to conceive. Luckily, my husband and I got pregnant fairly quickly, however, we know people who have gone through painful treatments, hormones, medications and one heartbreak after another, so my intention with this podcast is never to open wounds or make someone feel guilty. I did this interview to show people that there is something they might not even know available and works, which is nutritional and lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, the conventional medical community is not educated about this, so I hope this will shed some light and this message will get to the people who need to hear it. Since this is an extremely private and sensitive topic it is hard to tell someone you know is struggling to conceive what you've learned, instead just forward them this episode and say something like: "You know I love you dearly and want to see you happy, I've come across this show online and wanted to share this with you, I think you'll like what they talk about. Free free to pass that along". Remember, you will never truly know how it is to be on the other side, and if you really want to help do that with kindness, empathy, and compassion.

Alright, now let me introduce you to today's guest.

Barbara Rodgers is a certified Nutrition Consultant and Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition. She is an author, educator, and strategist for individuals and organizations who are interested in improving health through holistic protocols. In her private practice, Barbara works one-on-one with clients dealing with autoimmune disorders, fertility, chronic fatigue, and stress. The goal of Barbara’s work is to elevate the level of awareness among the masses that integrative, holistic healthcare options are often effective as a treatment for chronic and severe illness. She is a living proof that even “incurable” diseases can be managed without toxic medical or pharmaceutical interventions.

Show Notes: 

Is Poor Nutrition Linked to Infertility?

Free download - Six months before conception: two steps for optimal health and fertility prior to conception

Barbara's website: www.nutritionlifestrategies.com



Ep 13 - How To Deal With Mom Guilt With Guest Tamar Spilberg

September 11, 2017

Mom-guilt is a destructive feeling which creeps in all of us across the board, but it is really important to remember that it is a feeling. And what we all have to remember is that feelings are temporary and do pass. So if you have a mindfulness practice and you do allow yourself to take the time, breathe and let the feeling rush through you, eventually it will pass. I love this quote: "This too shall pass..."

Today on the show I am talking with Tamar Spilberg, who is first and foremost a mother and a family therapist and we talk about mom guilt. What causes it, why it happens, our core beliefs, and how to manage ourselves when this feeling strikes.

Tamar Spilberg focused her entire career on cultivating skills needed to help people who are suffering. Tamar has helped children and adults dealing with all kinds of mental health afflictions, including anxiety disorders, social issues, eating disorders, depression, and self-esteem problems. She has helped repair dysfunctional family units, rekindle waning relationships, and re-open lines of communication among individuals locked in conflict. Tamar has extensive experience in helping those in abusive relationships, as well as people dealing with divorce, separation, and parenting, in a safe, and attentive therapeutic environment. Her space encourages profound sharing and communication.

Tamar's personal life has also given her an intimate and experiential insight into family dynamics. Tamar lives happily in Richmond Hill with her husband and four children, and her lifestyle embodies the balance she strives to share with her patients.

Show Notes 

Tamar's Website

Ep 2 - Stop looking for work-life balance, cultivate harmony instead!


Ep 12 - Raising Boys and Understanding The Men In Our Lives With Guest Janet Allison

September 5, 2017

Ohh boy, it is so difficult to raise boys!!! I can definitely tell you that the complaints I hear from parents of boys are totally different than complaints of parents of girls. I myself have three girls, so I am definitely not an expert on raising boys. Today on the show I have Janet Allison, a parent coach who helps parents understand their boys better and bring out their best.

Here are the things we discuss:

  • How do boys/men communicate, play and listen?
  • How boys' brains are different than girls' brains?
  • Some tips on feeding boys?
  • How to praise boys?
  • How does testosterone work in males' brains and how can we, moms/women, make the best use of this knowledge and understanding with regards to our boys and or our male partners?
  • How do you know your boy is thriving?
  • How to handle technology with boys?

Show Notes: 

Janet's website

Janet's Facebook Group 

PeaceMakers Cards 

Ep 5 - Cultivating Emotional Intelligence With Suzanne McDonald Tucker