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September 20th, 2018 | no comments


I long to be inspired.

Brilliant minds, nature, random acts of kindness, new ways of thinking, and cutting edge research all absolutely fascinate me.

Yes, I am a curious one for sure. 

My favorite time of day is early morning when I venture outside to be in nature and, well…seek inspiration. Sometimes it happens on its own, as if I’ve tapped into something that was just sitting patiently, waiting for me to witness it—such as dew drops resting on thousands of blades of delicate grass, the sun shining through a foggy mist, or a mourning dove cooing away in a majestic oak tree above. My mind is fresh and open, and I am like a fully inspired sponge, ready to soak up any bit of wisdom I can glean from my surroundings.

Another source of inspiration and education is through the wise and generous teachers I’ve stumbled upon over the years. It’s during my time in nature, while plugging into these intelligent minds, where I get my best ideas: Concepts for my weekly blog post, new book ideas, and even books that I’ve read upon the recommendation of the teacher, that literally changed the course of my life. 

When you are open to being inspired, your life will change in unthinkably amazing ways too. 

I read a lot, but the conduit that serves me equally well is listening to my favorite teachers through podcasts on my iPhone. A podcast is an audio show spread across a series of episodes. It can be downloaded from the Internet and listened to either on a computer or your smartphone. To listen to podcasts on your mobile device: iPhone users can download the free Podcast app and then search for podcasts; other devices can access podcasts via free or low-cost apps such as Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Spotify, or Google Play. 

Here are some of my go-to podcasts that I think you will really like:

Podcasts for when I want learn the latest in NUTRITION and HEALTH: 

  • Bulletproof Radio: 
    Get the latest information about biohacking as host Dave Asprey interviews expert guests about hacking life so you can kick more butt everyday! Dave is also the inventor of Bulletproof Coffee— a tasty coffee beverage that combines MCT oil and grass fed butter. 
  • House Call with Dr. Mark Hyman:
    A place for deep conversations about the critical issues of our time in the space of health, wellness, food and politics. 
  • JJ Virgin Lifestyle Show:
    Provides valuable, easy-to-implement strategies to help you eat healthy, turn back the clock, and become your healthiest, most vibrant self. 
  • Revolution Health Radio:
    Debunks mainstream myths on nutrition and health and delivers cutting-edge, yet practical information on how to prevent and reverse disease naturally. 
  • The Mastering Blood Sugar Podcast:
    Learn how to use a low carb, real food diet, lifestyle changes, and functional medicine to master your blood sugar and reverse type 2 diabetes. 
  • The Model Health Show:
    Author and nutritionist Shawn Stevenson breaks down complex health issues and makes them easy to understand and overcome. 
  • The Tim Ferriss Show:
    Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek. In his show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use. 

Podcasts for when I want to feel INSPIRED (which is everyday!) or to get out of a funk. These are also very helpful if you are in a melancholy mood or negative space that you can’t seem to shake: 

  • Dr. Wayne W. Dyer:
    This show explores the power we have as individuals to create and manifest events in our lives. Hear lively discussions on how you can move past fear and into love.
  • Hay House Radio:
    Features expert authors in the fields of health, self-healing, motivation, spirituality, positive psychology and personal development.
  • Oprah’s Master Class:
    Hear the greatest life lessons of some of the most respected and renowned actors, musicians, public figures and athletes. Handpicked by Oprah, these luminaries reveal their lives with candor and insight—in their own words. 
  • Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations:
    Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self. 
  • The Ziglar Show:
    Why do some people achieve and succeed and some do not? We are all capable of more. Listen and get massively awakened, inspired and equipped to move beyond your current reality. 

Go ahead and explore! Then pick your favorite podcast and listen to it while exercising, driving, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, or sitting under a tree with your favorite beverage. 

There is so much to be learned from others, but you have to be open, willing and ready to receive their gifts. Are you ready to grow and become an even more well-rounded, inspired human being? I’m telling you, life gets better EVERY day…once you allow. 

Mel’s weekly food pick:
Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin

You’ve probably passed this nutrition powerhouse hundreds of times as you pushed your grocery cart down the baking aisle. 

Canned pumpkin isn’t just for making pies my friends, in fact the possibilities are endless!

Pumpkin happens to be a great source of fiber and vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant and immune-boosting vitamin. One serving of canned pumpkin offers your body 380% of the daily value for vitamin A and 4 grams of fiber.

Beware! Don’t be fooled into purchasing “Pumpkin Pie Mix”, which is made with added sugars.

Here are a few ideas for sneaking canned pumpkin into your meals:

  • Mix one cup of pumpkin into three cups of marinara sauce to cut back on sodium.
  • To thicken your smoothie, add 1/4 cup of pumpkin and blend.
  • Stir a couple tablespoons of pumpkin into a half-cup of applesauce for a different flavor.
  • Add it to your pancake mix!
  • Make a batch of Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins (see this week’s recipe pick below!)


Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins (flourless)


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