Vibrant Lives Podcast

Vibrant Lives Podcast

In Vibrant Lives Podcast your host, Amanda, interviews experts about healthy ways to eat, move and think, to help you live your vibrant life.


October 11, 2022 54 min

Over the course of a lifetime, a menstruating women will use between 5 and 15 thousand tampons and pads. Most of those will end up in landfill as plastic waste - standard tampons take about 500 years to break down. That means, the world's first ever tampon is still on this planet.

What if we could do period care differently? 

Enter Hello Period, the world's first sustainable period company that offers reusable products - cu...

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Do you ever feel defeated by the clutter in your life? Where do you even start the decluttering process?   The good news is that this week’s guest, Sandra Lane, is a Professional Organiser and Productivity Specialist and she shares with us some useful, practical tips to tackle that clutter - both physical and mental.   Our discussion ranges from why we accumulate so much stuff and the negative impact all that stuff can have on our ...

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I have been looking forward to my discussion with Celeste Ferraris OLY for a while now and it did not disappoint!   Celeste is a Clinical Nutritionist with a special interest in the gut microbiome and how food affects mood. Celeste gives us a really good overview of the gut microbiome, what our gut bacteria do for us and what can happen when our bacteria is out of balance.   Celeste’s current research for her PhD is about the assoc...

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How do we know what matters in our lives and how do we achieve what matters?   This week’s guest, Dr Tabitha Healey, helps people identify what matters to them and sets them on a path to achieving it. After 20 years as a medical oncologist, for reasons you’ll learn in our discussion, Tabitha switched careers and became an Executive, Leadership and Wellbeing Coach and a Clinical Hypnotherapist.   Tabitha has looked after people at t...

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Eating insects is not new; in many cultures insects have traditionally made up an important component of people's diets supplying protein and good fats. What is an emerging area of scientific research though, is using insects as fodder for production animals.   My guest this week, Senior Research Scientist Dr Kristy Digiacomo, is very well acquainted with her research subjects, black soldier flies. Kristy entertainingly talks u...

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The term “fitspo” refers to “fitness inspiration” but is it really inspiring to see fitspos?   I delve into the question with Dr Ivanka Prichard, Associate Professor and health psychologist at Flinders University, South Australia. Ivanka ’s interests include the interaction between body image, exercise and eating behaviour. We discuss factors influencing body image and the ramifications of having a positive or negative body image. ...

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Plant based dairy milk alternatives have exploded in popularity which is great news for people with allergies to dairy or lactose intolerance. For many of us, we choose them because they taste good and some of them, like oat milk, have better environmental credentials than cow's milk.

Alternative milks have quite different nutrition profiles so it is helpful to know how your favourite milk stacks up when it comes to protein, en...

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When we think of cancer research we often conjure images of test tubes, microscopes and lab coats. What are they doing, those brainy scientific researchers, and what are they finding out?   Today, I take you behind the scenes with biomedical scientist, Associate Professor Dr Susan Woods, who shares with us some of the ground-breaking and truly inspiring research taking place in her lab at Adelaide University Medical School. Susi sp...

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As we know, staying active is so important for physical and mental health. Unfortunately though, women are much less likely to play team sport than men and by the age of 15, nearly one-third of girls will stop playing club sport.   There are numerous reasons for this, such as inappropriate (or non-existent) women’s changing facilities and fewer female role models. Yet many of the reasons like wearing the right sports bra and unders...
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Bowel cancer is also known as the "silent killer” because sometimes it can be asymptomatic, particularly in the early stages of the disease. After lung cancer, bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in Australia. But, it shouldn’t be. If caught early, 99% of treatments are successful.
Nick Lee OAM, my guest this week, is on a mission to empower Australians to prevent bowl cancer through the Jodi Lee...
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Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body?   Our skin is a complex organ with multiple important roles. When something goes wrong with our skin, as opposed to say plaque building up in our arteries, often we can’t hide it and that can cause not only discomfort but also embarrassment. The health of our skin can play an enormous role in how we feel about ourselves and has the potential to impact our mood.   That i...
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May 31, 2022 10 min
Are you confused about eating eggs? Nutrition powerhouse or cholesterol punch?
It is true that eggs are high in cholesterol but we now know that, for most people, dietary cholesterol only has a small impact on blood cholesterol. Recent scientific studies show that egg consumption is not associated with overall heart disease risk factors. There are, in fact, many benefits to eating eggs. Find out more in my Five Minute Food Facts pod...
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TRIGGER WARNING: In this podcast episode we discuss suicide and suicidal ideation.
Did you know that in Australia, in any one year, around 1 million adults have depression?
In this episode I put a voice to Australia's mental health crisis with civil engineer, Gerry Doyle.
For all appearances, Gerry is the embodiment of success - he is CEO at Tonkin Consulting, a leading provider of engineering and environmental services, he is hap...
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When you hear artificial intelligence (AI) and big data it may be robots, smart homes and self-driving cars that you think of, not necessarily your health. AI and data have a powerful role to play in our health with potential applications that will change the face of health care. This week’s guest, Harry Glorikian, AI expert, healthcare entrepreneur and author enlightens us about the fascinating technological innovations taking pla...
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Is your pelvic floor holding you back?
Do you ever leak when you exercise? Feel a sense of urgency to pee?
Let’s learn more about looking after the unsung heroes that are your pelvic floor muscles.
In this episode pelvic floor expert, physiotherapist Beck Sabine of Vital Core Physiotherapy, and I will discuss what you need to know about looking after your pelvic floor and no, it’s not just a women’s issue. The pelvic floor muscles are...
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Like many of us, David’s life was touched by cancer when his sister June died of brain cancer. David wanted to find a unique way to honour his sister and raise funds for cancer care and research - the Cycle of Lives Project was born. David set himself the very bold goal of cycling over 8,000km across the United States from Los Angeles via Florida to New York in just over 6 weeks.
Cycle of Lives project became about much more that fu...
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Who doesn’t want to be happier?
In this episode, Steph Noon, explains the role of positive psychology in her work as a Life Coach. Positive psychology is not based on the premise that we must be happy all the time. Rather, it builds on our individual strengths and talents to enhance our happiness and wellbeing. I was so interested to learn that these are skills we can practise and develop. Just as psychology, in the more traditional...
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What a privilege to spend some time in the company of Sara Gross. Sarah is a determined advocate for women in sport, a champion Ironman triathlete and, at the same time, humble and kind.
Sara shares with us an enjoyable insight into how she found her way into the sport of triathlon where, after years on the circuit as a pro, she finally won her first ironman in Brazil (2014) aged 38. We probe into what led to her success - hard work...
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One of the most amazing things about hosting Vibrant Lives Podcast is hearing people’s stories and my goodness, my guest this week, Nathan Bolton, has an extraordinary one!
Today Nathan is an advocate for men’s mental health and a resilience trainer. Nathan and his brother, Daniel, established Bolton Brothers, a psychology practice dedicated to improving male mental health and wellbeing by delivering a gendered approach to mental he...
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Hello 2022 from Vibrant Lives Podcast!
I am excited to kick off my year of podcast interviews with Dr Tammie Chang. Tammie is a physician in paediatric haematology and oncology, plus she is an empowerment and leadership coach for women physicians (doctors).
In this episode Tammie will share with us advice on how to set boundaries to avoid burnout and enjoy working as a doctor. Although Tammie's focus is on women doctors, her advi...
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