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.

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September 14, 2021 58 min
This is the most moving podcast I’ve recorded to date.
My guest, Tanya Bottomely, is an advocate for raising awareness around domestic violence and abuse, ultra trail runner and story teller. Tanya generously shares her personal story about living in an abusive relationship, how she managed to leave that relationship and the remarkable and uplifting story of her recovery.
Running turned out to be a saviour for Tanya - it gave her fre...
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Do you struggle with adapting to unwanted change like an illness or being in lockdown?⁠⁠This week I interview neuro-wellbeing writer and educator, Jessica Lee. Jess shares some neuroscience based strategies to help you accept change, which she calls empowered acceptance. Rather than giving up, accepting the reality of a situation we many not want but we cannot change will help open our minds and broaden our perspectives. Empowered ...
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September 1, 2021 12 min
This is the third episode of my 4 part series about dietary fats. Today I look at saturated fats including where we find them in our diets and ways to approach consuming saturated fats.
I discuss how the low fat message went wrong and why nutrition can be notoriously hard to study.
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    My guest this week, public health physician and specialist in addiction medicine, Associate Professor Dr Robert Ali, is very well qualified to discuss the health impacts of alcohol consumption.
    Our conversation ranges over the short and long term health effects of alcohol consumption including increased risk of certain diseases, some of which may surprise you. We look at what constitutes a standard drink and the public health recomm...
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    This is the second episode of my 4 part series about dietary fats. Today I focus on unsaturated fats, such as olive oil, and explain their health benefits. Some unsaturated fats are essential, meaning our bodies can't make them and we need to obtain them from our diet so I touch on that, on cooking with unsaturated fats and oils, and on the difference between processed and unrefined oils.
    Tune in and join me to sort out fat from...
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    This week I have great pleasure in talking with chiropractor, Dr Russell Hanna. There seems to be some misunderstanding in the community about what chiropractors do and how they are trained so we start our chat by dispelling some myths around that.
    Russell explains how chiropractic treatments, in particular spinal adjustments, work. I was interested to learn about the neurological effect of adjustments. My personal experience as a p...
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    July 27, 2021 13 min
    In this, the first episode of my 4 part series about dietary fats, I will describe to you what fat is, the different types of dietary fats, a brief overview of fat digestion and why our bodies need fat. When you've listened to this episode you'll know the difference between saturated fat, monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat and why they are described the way they are.
    I think it is helpful to understand what fat is f...
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    This week, I have the honour of speaking with well known author and Professor of Kinesiology (that is, human movement) at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, Dr Martin Gibala. Martin studies the mechanisms behind human responses to exercise and the associated health benefits. His area of expertise is time-efficient exercise and he has been involved in pioneering research on interval training showing that brief, intense bouts of...
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    Dr Amanda Hutchinson is a clinical psychologist with roles in both research and teaching at the University of South Australia. Amanda's research interests include sun exposure and skin cancer prevention which we discuss with a focus on our teens and young adults. We talk about finding the right balance between avoiding damaging sun exposure but getting enough UVB exposure to produce vitamin D. Another issue we talk about skin a...
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    Have you ever wondered why anyone would do a triathlon? I used to wonder too, until I tried one.
    In this episode, I give a brief overview of what constitutes an Ironman Triathlon and a 70.3 triathlon, the participation of women in the sport and a wrap-up of my recent 70.3 race in Cairns.
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    This week I chat with nutrition scientist, Associate Professor at Monash University Maxine Bonham, about how shift work impacts health, in particular the relationship between circadian rhythms (body clock) and weight gain.
    Shift workers are at increased risk of adverse health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease simply because of the hours they work. When normal circadian rhythms, that is waking when the sun...
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    This week I chat with former Australian road cycling champion, Kristin Lewis, about his cycling career, the importance of fitness, especially as we age, what you can get out of indoor spin classes (whether you’re a pro cyclist or a beginner) and much more.
    Kristin explains how the smart spin bikes he has at his studio, Echelon Cycling Studio, work - it is the first studio of its kind in South Australia. The spin classes, suitable fo...
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    May 25, 2021 11 min
    What are the health benefits of chocolate?Is dark chocolate a super food?What is the difference between cocoa and cacao?How is chocolate made?
    In this Five Minute Food Facts episode I take a look at the science and answer all the above questions and more.
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    Green & Balck's: https://www.greenandblacks.com.auDivine Chocolate: https://ukshop.divinechocolate.com/uk/shop/Lovingearth: https://lovingearth.net
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    Nicole Avery is one of those rare people who seamlessly crams so much into her life that you wonder if she ever sleeps…yes, she does! We will hear about the reason for her ability to run a wildly successful blog (Planning With Kids), produce a podcast (This Family Life), run marathons, raise 5 children and succeed at her latest venture, the production of a line of healthy drinks called Adapt Drinks.
    Nic and I discuss how she develop...
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    Women and men experiencing pelvic pain often suffer in silence. Dr Jane Chalmers is an expert on pelvic pain and hopes we can open the conversation and raise awareness.
    Jane and I chat about the causes of pelvic pain, interventions and treatment options, and we delve into an area she is passionate about - women’s health.
    Our discussion encompasses; endometriosis, vulvodynia, period pain, the pelvic floor, the importance of Kegel exer...
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    April 27, 2021 9 min
    B12 is the star of today's episode. For a vitamin we need in minuscule amounts, it has an enormous role to play in our wellbeing. I will talk about what B12 does in the body, where we obtain it in our diets and the potentially dire consequences of B12 deficiency.
    Understanding B12 is crucial if you follow a vegan diet because it is only found in animal products. Luckily, plant based eaters and vegans can obtain vitamin B12 throu...
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    In this episode, renowned mindfulness and meditation teacher, Alexis Guttridge, shares with us her take on meditation and mindfulness. Alexis believes in demystifying meditation and making it accessible and practical in our modern world. She teaches meditation to both businesses and individuals plus she has an excellent meditation library on her website, Pause With Alexis (link below).
    You can sense how calm and grounded Alexis soun...
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    Today I have a delightful chat with British-Japanese author, Erin Niimi Longhurst, who shares her insights into aspects of Japanese culture that bring contentment and good health.
    Erin is the author of two books I greatly admire. The first, “Japonisme”* explores the Japanese traditions and practices such as wabi-sabi, appreciating the transient nature of life, that contribute to living well. Erin's second book, “Omoiyari, the Ja...
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    For all appearances, Karen McCall was the successful professional with an excellent corporate job, designer wardrobe, lovely home and fast car. However, underneath this facade, Karen was jugging credit card debt and dodging calls from the tax office all the while having no clue how to manage money and feeling like she had nowhere to turn. Her deep denial about her precarious financial situation was impacting her health both physica...
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    The Community Grocer (TCG), founded by current CEO, Russell Shields, is a social enterprise with a mission to provide weekly affordable fresh food markets in areas where access to such produce is limited. Of equal importance is the creation of healthy connected communities around those markets. Today, I speak with General Manager, Tess Gardiner about where and how the markets operate and how TCG had to pivot during the COVID-19 pan...
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