Welcome to Courageous Wellness. Each week we interview real people about their journeys in health and wellness. From physical wellness, to emotional and spiritual, we will hear courageous stories and learn why it is important to share them. For all episodes find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and everywhere podcasts are found!
sun sign: libra
self care ritual: journaling, daily movement, morning and evening chanting
favorite workout: SoulCycle
wellness motto: Healthy, with a side of fries
reading: “The Microbiome Diet” by Raphael Kellman MD, Genius Foods by Max Lugavere.
guilty pleasure: a glass of red wine, country music.
bio: Erica Stein is a director, producer, writer, and wellness enthusiast based in Los Angeles, California. She has experience working at E! Entertainment, MTV, and CBS Television Networks. She started her professional career working at Entertainment Tonight & The Insider. Her journey in nutrition and wellness began after a 50 pound weight loss that started through a journey with self-love. After loving and accepting her body as it was (and beginning to exercise because of how much she enjoyed it, instead of as a form of punishment for what she ate or how she looked), the weight began to fall off. 5 years later, she kept the weight off but still struggled with emotional eating and body dysmorphia — and this is when she started diving into nutrition. Learning about blood sugar and the gut microbiome has completely transformed her relationship with her body and food. It’s not perfect but, after having a difficult relationship with food for most of her adult life, she has finally found a sense of food freedom. Erica was born and raised in Los Angeles, is obsessed with Soul Cycle, fermented foods, the gut microbiome, and will never say no to a photo booth. She’s also extremely passionate about food accessibility and affordability.
sun sign: aries
self care ritual: walking a lot, daily chanting, epsom salt baths and taking time to cook!
favorite workout: yoga
wellness motto: you vote with your fork
reading: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott and Genius Foods by Max Lugavere.
guilty pleasure: shopping for home goods, my Nespresso machine, a DRY rose!
bio: Aly was born and raised in NJ and NYC and is a graduate of Vassar College. As a professional performing artist, she has had the opportunity to perform all over the world from New York to London, including a recent stint living and working in Tokyo, Japan. As a performer she has always been interested in health and fueling herself properly, but her wellness journey was really ignited when at 29 she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in the muscle lining of her back. After 3 surgeries, she’s now cancer free! The experience however, completely changed her relationship with her mind, body, and spirit. It also channeled a passion for studying anything she can about nutrition after her body craved specific foods while healing! She has been inspired by many in the field of nutrition but you'll know (if you listen) Aly references functional medicine doctor, Dr. Mark Hyman, on a daily basis and the work he does to educate people about the healing power of food and the often destructive powers of the food industry! Aly also enjoys cooking, traveling, yoga and listening to (and singing) jazz! She also manages the Los Angeles branch of the all female singing group, The Beverly Belles.
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