Grace & Grit Podcast: Helping Women Everywhere Live Happier, Healthier and More Fit Lives

Grace & Grit Podcast: Helping Women Everywhere Live Happier, Healthier and More Fit Lives

The Grace and Grit Podcast takes the health fairy tale you've heard all your life and turns it upside down and inside out, helping women rebuild their relationship with their body once and for all. Placing the focus on love and respect, rather than the aggressive demands and unrealistic expectations that have become the norm, Courtney Townley is determined to help women mend the fabric of what is driving the female health story.... Show More

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August 1, 2020 44 min

To say that 2020 has thrown us a curveball is a massive understatement.

Routines have been disrupted, new stressors have emerged and a lot of people are struggling to navigate these new waters while keeping their mental and physical health in check.

I get it! I have been swimming in those waters too.

So, I am dedicating the entire month of the Grace & Grit Podcast to “Realignment” and in today’s episode I dish out a few tips an...

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I have long wanted to have an expert come on the Grace and Grit podcast to talk about sex because having worked with hundreds of clients over the years, I know there is a lot of shame, resentment, and frustration about what happens, or doesn’t happen, in the bedroom.

Since our theme this month is pleasure, I thought this would be the perfect time to broach this topic.

My guest, Janna-Denton Howes, is a Sex Coach who specializes in ...

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The human brain is hard-wired to seek pleasure.

The problem is we are living at a time where concentrated pleasures are being sold to at every turn and our over-consumption of them is actually hurting our well-being.

In this episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast, I talk about natural vs false pleasure and why the type you pursue will have a huge impact on the future of your health.

You can listen here: https://graceandgrit.com/po...

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​Emotion can be incredibly helpful or horribly destructive depending on what we do to process them or if we process them at all.

I deeply wish that emotional management was a course taught in primary school. There is so much needless suffering in the world because people either do not allow themselves to feel difficult emotion or they don’t take responsibility where they can for the emotion they do feel.

In this episode of the Grac...

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Admitting where we could do better is not necessarily fun, but oh-so-important to our personal health and even to the health of the world at large.

The past few weeks have shown me where I could serve women (all women) better AND reminded me of the art of listening.

You can listen here: https://graceandgrit.com/podcast-205/

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I wish I could tell you that deep health could be attained by following a playbook that worked for someone else’s life, but that’s not how it works (the horrific failure rate of the diet industry is proof of that).

Deep health requires deep inner work so YOU can author the playbook for your own life.

I meet women every day who say they want to get off the diet hamster wheel but they also want to avoid the inner work at all costs.

I...

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I have long believed that improving health, be it mental or physical, is a practice of self-leadership. Self-leadership is a practice of righting decisions and habits that may no longer be serving you.

To move your life to higher ground, you must be willing to rumble between who you have been and ultimately who you want to be.

Rumbling is how we learn, how we grow, and ultimately how we become stronger and more confident versions o...

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This week for the podcast I decided to reach out to my community and ask them what they were rumbling with, and I got some GREAT questions that are going to be relevant to a lot of women.

In this episode, I answer 4 questions:

  • I was doing so well with not eating sugar, why am I struggling again?
  • How do I get traction with a routine again when life has been so disrupted?
  • I am noticing that I am driven to take action out of guilt (a lo...
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    Yes, life is a little (or a lot) disorienting right now and we are being challenged in new ways.

    It is all too easy to focus on everything that is wrong with our current reality and why it shouldn’t be happening. The sooner you stop fighting reality (because let’s be honest you will never win that argument) the easier you will be able to navigate your way through it.

    No, we cannot control what is happening out in the world (pandemi...

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    April 4, 2020 53 min

    Weeks ago I asked the Grace & Grit community members what they thought I should talk about on the 200th episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast. The word “resilience” came up more than once, which I love because I think we need to be reminded of our capacity for resilience now more than ever.

    So in this episode, I weave together a celebration for our 200th episode on the Grace & Grit Podcast and a conversation about what it...

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    The diet industry is a multibillion-dollar industry that has sold people on the notion that “what works for one person will work for everyone”. And it has failed, miserably.

    Wellness is not a cookie-cutter formula that can be applied to every human. In fact, the path that will return a person to a state of well-being is as unique as the individual who is pursuing it.

    In this episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast, I have invited m...

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    ​In the age of diet dogma and copious amounts of nutrition information available at your fingertips, I think it is more important than ever to turn inwards and ask yourself what is working for you.

    What is your food philosophy and are you living in alignment with it?

    Surprisingly, although many women can quickly tell you their food beliefs, they aren’t necessarily living in line with those beliefs.

    Check out this episode to get cla...

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    When it comes to health in modern-day culture, we have a commitment issue. The truth is, you will never learn to be consistent if you don’t learn to commit.

    We commit to marriages.
    We commit to our kids.
    We commit to our careers.
    We commit to our retirement funds.

    When it comes to our health? Not so much.

    Think about how your health would improve if you could commit to improving it with the depth that you have committed to other ar...

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    We are all continually striving to improve our health. And the longer I work with women, the more I realize the last thing most of us need is more information about diet and exercise. You know what you need to do. You even want to do it. Most days.

    What you truly need is to learn how to apply the knowledge you already have – with consistency.

    In this episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast, I talk about what consistency really mean...

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    As someone who has worked in the women’s wellness space for more than 20 years now, I have come to see improving health as an exercise in self-leadership. Because to improve your health, be it mental, physical or spiritual, you must willing to better understand yourself and have trust in yourself and your abilities.

    Self-confidence, I believe, is an invaluable part of self-leadership, because it is the trust we have in ourselves to...

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    If there was one goal I could encourage every client I work with to set in 2020, it would be to develop and fiercely protect their self-confidence.

    Because with the right dose of self-confidence your ability to pursue and conquer your other goals will skyrocket.

    In this episode of the Grace & Grit podcast, I talk about what self-confidence really is and why developing it should be the #1 goal you pursue this year.

    You can liste...

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    How do you design a year to remember?

    You ask yourself great questions, of course, so you can get clarity on where you are headed and how specifically you are going to get there.

    In this episode of the Grace and Grit Podcast, I give you 10 very specific questions to ask yourself as you head into a new year so you achieve all of your goals and more!

    You can listen here: https://graceandgrit.com/podcast-193/   And, grab your free Roa...
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    December 21, 2019 29 min

    Sleep deprivation + stress + sugar + alcohol + close proximity to loved ones + travel + enclosed + winter = the perfect recipe for a compromised immune system. And there is not time of year where all of these ingredients are more potent than the holidays.

    In this episode of the Grace and Grit Podcast, I dive into how each of these elements compromises immunity and what you can do to fortify your immu...

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    Are you leading the dance with food or is food leading you?

    We are in the thick of the holiday season where opportunities to eat and drink are around every corner. And, if you don’t stay mindful of why you are consuming these things, you can roll into the new year with a lot of undesirable consequences.

    In this episode of the Grace & Grit Podcast, I present listeners with powerful questions to ask themselves to ensure they main...

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    December 7, 2019 23 min

    There is often a disconnect between what we believe the holidays are about and how we actually go about living them.

    We say we believe the holidays are all about love, peace, gratitude, and connection, but we don’t make time for those things. Or, we are only partially present.

    Instead, we live the holidays stressed, fatigued, overwhelmed, resentful, and frustrated. Worse yet, we use the rational that we are doing it for others.

    But...

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