Guts & Glory 23: Marc David’s advice totally helped Katherine’s 67-year-old client get a breakthrough!

Wellness practitioners are going to flip out about this!

A couple weeks ago we held the very first Showcase Club expert session with Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Joining us on the call was Katherine Miller of MBodied a health coach for menopausal women + member of my Fermentationist Certification Program.

Katherine gave us the particulars of one of her clients who is dealing with multiple health issues, and Marc offered some insight that really rocked Katherine’s ability to help her client.

Marc explained:

  • What it really means to work with your ideal client
  • The difference between inspiring your client and motivating them— which can be the difference between getting drained or refueled after a session
  • His personal rule for when to let go of a client

We really got into what it would takes to help this client who so desperately wanted to feel better and eat healthier so she could have more time with her grandkids.


“I had a session today with the woman I was speaking about. I framed everything just as Mark David suggested, using my own understanding of her personally, and she responded immediately and positively. She even upscaled the word “queen” to “empress” which is actually more suitable for her age and profession, and when I suggested that she had an adolescent relationship to her body and health, she offered that it was preteen at best. :) How wonderful is that?

I think this is the first time I have been able to connect with her at that level of communication where everything is real and serious and there is also a lot of love.”

I couldn’t be happier for Katherine and her client!

This expert session with Marc David is a perfect example of how the Showcase Club will continually elevate your skills by teaching you to examine the way you work with clients and patients using real-life case studies and real-life practitioners.

Want to watch this Showcase Club expert session? Click here!

You’ll be taken to the Showcase Club page where you can download the video + the session handout with all the case details Katherine presented to Marc David.

Enter your email on the left side of the page and you’ll get to watch this hour long session for free!


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Guts & Glory 22: What do you do to get motivated?

I ate gluten for two weeks without knowing it. I could tell something was off – the 6 pounds I gained, the restlessness, the agitation, the increased food cravings, the insatiable appetite – and it needed to change.

I spent a few thousand dollars on food allergy, genetic, and blood tests. Because I have reached a point in my life where I just can’t settle for feeling like crap.

Before the results came back I discovered that a local restaurant was misleading me. They told me their crackers were made ‘in-house and gluten-free’. But when I asked for the 11th time I discovered that ‘whole wheat flour’ was the very first ingredient.

I stopped eating the crackers and started to try to get my weight back to normal, but the cravings were still so intense. I felt unmotivated.

I know what to do to feel better, but I just didn’t feel like doing it. I wanted to eat what everyone else was eating and I didn’t feel like drinking juice or smoothies just yet.

Isn’t it crazy that we know what to do and still don’t/can’t/won’t do it??!!

What in the past has motivated you to get out of your ruts and make a change? Answer in the comments below.

Guts & Glory #21 Is it just you or is it your thyroid? What you need to know about this autoimmune disorder with Izabella Wentz

Is sleeping for 10-12 hours normal for you? Eat healthy but still gain weight? Think your acid reflux is just your body being annoying? Losing your hair to losing your mind???

It could be Hashimoto Disease — a fancy term for an underactive thyroid. This condition affects 20% of people in US and until recently was only addressed through some particularly nasty pharmaceuticals.

This week on the Guts & Glory I interviewed Izabella Wentz, a pharmacist turned thyroid advocate, Hashimoto expert, and NY Times bestselling author of the patient guide, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, which offers lifestyle interventions for finding and treating the root cause of this disease.

What I love about Izabella is her story of how Hashimoto changed her viewpoint on western medicine and ended up being her greatest teacher.

Izabella was diagnosed with Hashimotos 6 years ago, at a time when no one else was talking about lifestyle intervention. Her doctor prescribed antidepressants, thyroid meds, and told her that she just better prepare herself for more autoimmune disorders down the road.

Of course she didn’t like that answerIn this week’s podcast she shares what she did to cause her Hashimotos to go into remission and what symptoms to look for.

Izabella wanted to improve her condition rather than just take meds (and still feel terrible). It’s awesome how she advocated for herself when she was diagnosed, but she’s the first to tell you that it wasn’t an easy road. (But absolutely possible if you have all the information and want to heal from the root.)

You’ll find more about what she did for success and how to learn from her mistakes in her book, [Hashimotos Thyroiditis,] which is the first thing I send to my clients with this condition.

Izabella shared her 3-legged stool theory on what causes autoimmune disorders to develop, how to listen and honor what your body is telling you, and the real time frame for how long it took for her to integrate all she learned.

Learn more about Izabella and go pick up her amazing goodies and resources here:

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I want to know: Have you ever been tested for Hypothyroid Disease and what did your doctor recommend?

Guts & Glory #20: The one thing I carry with me everywhere (besides my drivers’ license) Summer Bock interviews Lauren Haynes

The one thing I carry with me everywhere (besides my drivers’ license)

This one thing comes in a tiny bottle and is a mood enhancer, helps you feel more relaxed and centered, and best of all—improves digestion.

And you know how all of us at Bock HQ love fabulous digestion…next thing you know we’ll be posting poop pictures to Instagram.

Ew. No. NO! We would NEVER do that. But we have thought about it, and now so have you. Sorry.

So, moving on (A-HEM), what is this wildly wonderful thing I speak of? Nothing more than good ‘ol fashioned bitters.

Bitters are a botanical remedy specially formulated to build digestive fire & increase assimilation of nutrients.

Ultimately, bitters prevent disease because most diseases or health issues are caused from one of two things: under-nourishment or over-toxicity.

Bitters help you get more nourishment from the food you eat by increasing the absorbability of the vitamins and minerals. A few drops gets the digestion process humming so you can build to your mineral stores and nourish the body.

Many different herbs can be used to make bitters. The herbs are soaked in alcohol, then strained to make a strong, and yes, bitter concoction that is taken in the mouth. Just a few drops taken 5-30 minutes before a meal starts the digestive process.

Bitters became popular in the beginning of 20th century in the speakeasy scene, and were also sold as health tonics or elixirs. The recent revival of the craft cocktail scene has led to a resurgence in bitters.…

But not all are created equal, and not all have healing properties. Some have sugar, non-ethically harvested ingredients, or can be contraindicated for some conditions. In the video we talk about what you need to look for and where to get the BEST BITTERS EVER!

Here is where y0u can get your very own bitters.

Check out our Liver Lover Warming Bitters right over here 😉

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

I want to know: What bitter foods do you like?

Guts & Glory #19: Inside the Mind of a Successful Health Coach – with Rachel Feldman

I had no friggin’ clue what to do.

When I started my health coaching business, I didn’t know if I was supposed to work on my website, call a client, blog, or just walk away and take a break. At the same time I had no idea how long it would take until my business was solid.

In truth I suffered from Shiny Object Syndrome. I’d make a plan and then get totally distracted by YouTube or Facebook—back when it was in its infancy and, honestly, there wasn’t even that much of interest on there! I didn’t really know what a niche was and why everyone was talking about how I needed one. (Do I believe this? More on that later…)

Now I know what it really takes to build a thriving practice. Every day when I wake up I know exactly what I’m going to do.

The main thing I needed to learn was how to *think* like a business owner. I had to make priorities and hustle (Go on, insert your best Saturday Night Fever scene here)—cause nobody was handing me a paycheck. I had to work. But I did learn a trick (or seventeen).

How to avoid things (and clients) that exhaust me. How to not exhaust my clients by giving them too much to do. How to figure out how much money I need to survive, and how to rake in that cash. When to refer my clients out to other providers, and when was it appropriate to give a refund.

This week on the Guts & Glory blog I interviewed Rachel Feldman, health coach, wellness mama, detox specialist, business coach for other solo-preneurs, and all around excellent human being. That woman is a firecracker, and I love how direct she is. (She’s from Philly, if that says anything.)

We had a straight up conversation about what it really takes to build a thriving practice, meet your money goals, what to do (or not do) every week, and how long that whole process will take.

Work on a launch.
Plan my blog for the next two months.
Have a team meeting.

As soon as I’m done with this, these are the things I’m doing today.

I learned from experimenting. I tried a whole bunch of things, and when I started to see what generates income, excitement, or engagement. Once you pay attention you will know what to keep doing.

Here’s what I advise for beginners—you aren’t going to know until you start to see a return on those activities, be it in the form of income, excitement, or engagement. Then over time you go with the ones that do that the most.

Rachel and I dished about:

  • How she went from hot mess to how to know what to do with her clients.
  • The protocol she uses with all clients.
  • Why she doesn’t do a 2 month program.
  • The biggest reason why coaches don’t have success.
  • How to not subscribe to scarcity mentality when it comes to your competition.
  • How she learned how to coach.
  • What to do to charge higher amounts.
  • Her true feelings on niche.

Rachel shared her story of where she was 5 years ago vs. where she is now and how she got there. She also (hilariously) shared about her mistake talking too much about itchy butts. This episode of Guts & Glory is a breath of fresh air in a world of hyped-up marketing. Enjoy!

Also, Rachel is our guest expert at the Showcase Club next week. If you sign up here you can join us live:

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

I want to know: What does your dream practice look like?

Guts & Glory 18: How to get to Healthy Island: A glimpse into the Gut Rebuilding Program

How to get to Healthy Island

This has been on my mind a lot the last few weeks:

How do I ensure that I make healthy choices? Am I spending my time hobnobbing with little vices that add up and drain me, making it harder for me feel good, harder to take action toward my goals, harder to wake up rested or to concentrate?

I need all the concentration I can get. I need to be able to focus, not just for myself, but for my clients. They depend on me, trust me, (and pay me!) to be 100% present with them. I also want to be present, active, and a good role model for my niece.

When I’m in the flow, it’s easy for me to avoid eating healthy junk food (not because I SHOULD, but because I’m connected to how much better I feel when I make them.) It’s easy for me to work out. I find myself craving less distraction from Facebook and wanting to be entertained less.

I started calling this place of ease Healthy Island.

It’s where I *really* see how much my life is worth. From Healthy Island, I resist things less. I want to work out. I want do everything I can to feel good— because that time spent feeling bad is lost forever.

This week on the Guts & Glory Podcast I shared my real feelings on this subject during the Gut Rebuilding Program Q&A session.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to go from what you should do, to what you just DO, watch this video.

Yes, having downtime is a key to future productivity, and yes, sometimes we realize that we’re not eating as healthy as we want and we can’t spiral into shame about that, but we do need to realize that it’s worth it to stop for a moment and figure out what we can do better.

So what do you need to cross that bridge to Healthy Island? Is it family support? Is it getting real and vulnerable and asking your friends to cook meals together? Is it stepping up and being a leader in your household?

On the call I coached a member of the Gut Rebuilding Program on how to make better choices without beating herself up for the past.

We talked about how to feel hopeful that you’ll get to the place where things are easy.

Where you don’t spend as much time thinking about taking care of yourself.

Where you always see that taking care is the best option, so you naturally do that.

The best part? On Healthy Island, you make time to reach your big goals, like writing a book. And how to have more fun, which in my opinion makes it all worth it.

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

I want to know: What inspires you to be healthy?

Guts & Glory 17: Too young to feel so old? with Amy Medling

The only thing scarier than having a health issue is NOT knowing you have a health issue.

Many women with irregular periods or infertility think it’s just the way it is, but the accompanying chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, acne, hair loss or extra hair, and even fainting are not random symptoms. They are signs of PCOS—Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Alarming stat: 70% of affected women don’t know they have it. PCOS can lead to long-term health issues like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Reassuring fact: Being a diva is good for you.

This week on the Guts & Glory podcast I talked with Amy Medling, who coined the term PCOS Diva after years of undiagnosed suffering and infertility. I love what she said about the Diva mentality. We talked about what PCOS is, her emotional story of overcoming PCOS, the importance of being a “Diva,” what it is to practice extreme self-care, and the PCOS Diva lifestyle.

We talked about how to order food at restaurants, the Diva way… plus the biggest things to cut out and why anyone can learn from the Diva mindset!

One of the tricky things about PCOS is that it usually doesn’t cause pain, our body’s go-to sign that something’s off. But you might be exhausted and moody and not realize it’s a hormone imbalance caused by PCOS.

There’s no cure for PCOS, but it can be effectively managed with diet, movement, supplements, extreme self-care and positivity—if you know what’s going on. Prescription medications are available for PCOS but they can cause terrible side effects. But there are wonderful alternatives.

Check out Amy’s site, PCOS diva to learn more about signs of PCOS and how PCOS can actually be something that transforms your life in a big way.

Amy is on a mission to educate and inspire women to have the right attitude when it comes to taking care of yourself and your health. With the right food choices, stress management, and attitude, it’s totally possible for labs to come back normal.

Want more information about the PCOS Diva way? Amy’s got a FREE PCOS 101 Guide to Health and Hope. Get it here at

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

I want to know: How are you a diva when it comes to self care?

Guts & Glory 16: Why bad decisions happen (and why drinking coffee isn’t one of them) with Dave Asprey

Ever make a bad decision that you regret? Eat a cheeseburger that will make you sick. Get distracted by any shiny object that glints in the sun. Make a less-than-ideal choice that leads to a next-day walk of shame.… We’ve all been there.

There’s a biological reason why we give into these things, and there is a way to overcome these cravings.


Some of you might be groaning at the mere mention of this word, but hold on there. This is actually good news because willpower is controlled by what you eat and it’s possible to do away with cravings completely.

Double bonus here: when you address willpower, everything else falls into place. You get more energy, more focus, are able to do more, have more adventures, thrive, and generally kick ass.

There’s a science here and Dave Asprey is the master on the subject. He’s the founder of and has devoted his life to understanding what it takes to get the energy you need to have the adventures you want. He also really wants you to drink coffee and he explains why in this week’s Guts & Glory.

Check out this lively interview where we get down to some fascinating questions like whether a craving ever your fault or is it just your bacteria bossing you around. I was surprised by his honest answer….

Want to mediate but just can’t find the focus or time? Is there some adventure on your “maybe” list that you keep saying you’ll get to when you have more energy? What you eat can fix this issue right away.

According to Dave, if you’re not kicking ass, something is broken. Thankfully, there’s often a biological fix.

Dave explained this cool concept called the “Labrador brain.” It’s the three parts we share with all mammals that controls our hunger, sex drive, and our attention span. Dave has some great tips on how to cut out hunger and cravings so you can devote more energy to doing the things you love.

Check out his free Bullet Proof Diet roadmap on

It’s the one page cheat sheet of his book, Bulletproof diet (get it here), and goes over what foods are more inflammatory, what might be causing major problems for you (but ok for your friends), and when to eat what.

This guide outlines how to eat for maximum willpower and have your brain work all the way (Bonus—weight loss happens when you’re eating right).

Another great freebie…visit his site to see his movie, Moldy. Watch it here:

Products shared in the video (click to view):
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Collagen Protein
Glutathione Force

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

I want to know: What cravings do you give into?

Guts & Glory 15 How to not accidentally kill people with Kirsten Shockey

We wouldn’t eat something that tasted like pond scum, would we?

Let’s be realistic—you’re only going to eat it regularly if you like it!

That’s the beauty of fermented veggies. . . they’re delicious! Personally I’m beside myself with all the crafty chefs who are making things like smoky kabocha squash kraut and kraut with leeks and cracked black pepper.

When I first discovered that sauerkraut was addictive and healthy, I knew I was onto something. Just how healthy are we talking? A 16 oz. jar of raw sauerkraut is equal to 8 jars of probiotic supplements! The 13 strains of probiotics that live in raw kraut are so powerful that just a shot of brine a week could totally change you.

So why isn’t everyone everywhere making this stuff all the time?

Most people who have never fermented before are afraid they might kill someone!

On today’s podcast I interviewed Kirsten Shockey, a leader in the healthy food with flavor movement. We talked about common mistakes of making fermented veggies, something we call “Gateway Kraut”, and whether it’s okay to eat fermented foods with mold growing on it.

Making fermented vegetables used to be about survival over the long, hard winters. Now, we’re in a crazy exciting renaissance with fermented foods because of the health benefits, but it’s also about much more than that. . . like tastebud delight!

Kirsten has put together an award-winning book called Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes. One of the coolest things is that her book contains Brassica-Free Recipes! Yay!

This book is a must-have for your fermentation resource library. It has fresh recipes, gorgeous photos of her exotic fermented creations, and endless inspiration. It’s one of the best books on this subject.

Another cool part of Fermented Vegetables is how she connects the larger fermented food community by featuring great companies around the country. (There’s even a drawing of me in her book!)

What I love about Kirsten is that she is a culinary genius, always pushing the flavor of something that hasn’t been done yet. You’ll especially love her experimental style and tips on how to ferment the things you get in your CSA box!

Check out Kirsten’s website here at and be sure to visit her excellent blog.

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

I want to know: What’s your current favorite fermented food?

Guts & Glory 14: JJ Virgin coaches me on my sugar addiction!

Confession time, people. I’ve been a lifelong sugar addict. Recently I went on a 40 day no-sugar, no-alcohol diet to reset my body and re-train my taste buds.

This extended “self-discovery session”—as I so lovingly call it—brought up questions about everything. Like whether coconut sugar is a good thing. Or if Paleo was helpful or if I was in danger of overdoing it.

You might have heard me talk about mountain biking lately (just a little…). Since I’ve become more serious about athletic performance, I’ve been especially interested in researching the best practices to keep up with the pack of badass bikers I’ve met.

I learned that I was eating in way that burned sugar rather than fat and making it so I had to eat every couple of hours. (I told myself it was just my increased metabolism, but that turned out to be false.)

What I learned inspired me to go on my 40 day, 40 night journey into the land of no sugar.

I already eat cleaner than most of the people I know, but I still craved sweet things, especially when stressed. And even though my version of a candy bar consists of me making walnut maple ice cream, it’s still that addiction to all things saccharine that I wanted to curb.

In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t mess around. When I want to get the answer to something, I go to the very best. This week I brought in the sugar expert: JJ Virgin, who has 25 years of experience and is the author of NY Times Bestseller The Virgin Diet.

I asked JJ what I should do with my addiction to sugar and she told me exactly what to do. We took a tour of my pantry where my boyfriend keeps food that will make you FREAK when you see them. . .

JJ also gave me one of the most insightful break-downs of the Paleo diet, gluten-free diet, eating vegan, and who should not overdo it on these diets.

She explained why women really can’t eat like men. We also discussed a diet for athletes that is more sustainable than Paleo.

Sugar is a tricky addition. It’s the number one recreational drug of choice, and since it’s food (or sometimes just something edible masquerading as “food”) we really can’t live without if we ever want to go out to a restaurant again.

There are so many foods that we think are good (case in point—that bran muffin that is really a cupcake, sugar wise).

JJ is so brilliant. She’s been my mentor for years and I learned so much just from talking with her. So I hope you’ll be as excited as me for her LIVECAST COMING UP!
On Thursday, May 7th, JJ is hosting a special LIVE one-day-only COOK-A-THON.

She’s invited five famous health experts into the kitchen with her. You may recognize them from Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Dr. Phil, PBS, The TODAY Show, Rachael Ray, The Discovery Channel, Huffington Post, Access Hollywood, Prevention, Marie Claire, Fitness Magazine and on NY Times Bestseller lists. Sign on up over here.

There will be raffles (ooh!)
There will be gifts! (ahh!)

And low-sugar recipes to lose weight faster. And latest health strategies and techniques.
AND!!!! You’ll be able to ask these big-hit health experts your questions about all of it.

Everyone who reserves their spot will get immediate access to gifts worth $27, at no cost!

Liked what you saw in my pantry raid? [Sign up] and you’ll get JJ’s “Pantry Raid Video” where she takes you by the hand and shows you EXACTLY what you MUST clear our of your kitchen if you want to lose weight faster, and how to restock them with healthier substitutes.

You’ll also get a downloadable list of “What to Toss and What to Restock” to make everything, plus JJ’s “Shopping Essentials List”.

Do this. Do this now. Sign up here for the LIVE one-day-only COOK-A-THON on Thursday, May 7th and hang out with these experts:

  • Dr. Alan Christianson, Naturopathic Physician and bestselling author of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease, Healing Hashimoto’s and The Adrenal Reset Diet.
  • Dr. Sara Gottfried, Harvard/MIT-trained hormone expert and New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet.
  • Chalene Johnson, Fitness celebrity, lifestyle expert, and New York Times bestselling author.
  • Dr. Steven Masley, Physician, Award-Winning Patient Educator, and author of The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up and Ten Years Younger.
  • Cynthia Pasquella, Transformational Nutritionist® and bestselling author of The Hungry Hottie Cookbook and PINK Method.

People who follow JJ learn how to eat so they stay full throughout the day. The bonus? Most people lose 10 pounds just in the first few weeks. It’s a great thing to experience.

Thanks for watching and sharing this podcast.

I want to know: What’s your gateway food?