Episode 24 - Intuitive Eating & Relationship with Food

Episode 24 - Intuitive Eating & Relationship with Food

"We're taught ridiculous strategies for fending off cravings.  Everything from eating carrot sticks to tapping on our forehead, but we are never taught skills to competently eat all foods." ~ Rachel Hartley

In this episode we circle back to focus on our relationship with ourselves and how we relate to food.  We discuss the 10 principles of intuitive eating as a guide to developing a healthier relationship with food and your body.  Intuitive eating means giving your body the nutrients and energy along with the pleasure, satisfaction, and care it needs to thrive and be well day in and day out.  It focuses on cultivating trust and respect with your mind and body again.  

We hope you enjoy!

Gretchen & Kristy

Episode 23 - Committed Relationships

Episode 23 - Committed Relationships

"Good relationships don't just happen.  They take time, patience, and two people who truly want to be together."

Healthy relationships will never require you to sacrifice your friends, your dreams, or your dignity.  This week on the podcast we explore committed relationships with our guest, Stephen.  We discuss the importance of open communication, spending time on your relationship, as well as being honest and working to understand each other.  

We hope you enjoy!

Gretchen & Kristy

Episode 22 - A Conversation with Max Strom

Episode 22 - A Conversation with Max Strom

"The yoga postures and breath are tools to rebuild and transform ourselves.  The goal is not to tie ourselves in knots - we're already tied in knots.  The aim is to untie the knots in our heart.  The aim is to unite with the ultimate, loving, and peaceful power of the universe." ~ Max Strom

This week we celebrate our 1 year anniversary of the Conversations to Connect podcast with our guest, Max Strom.  Max is a teacher, speaker, author, and the creator of Inner Axis.  Kristy had the opportunity to chat with Max while she was on a retreat with him in Italy this past June.  

Max has written two books, both of which are highly recommended.  His books are "A Life Worth Breathing" and "There is no App for Happiness".  He has an app that you can download called Strategic Breathing, which will guide you through a safe and effective practice of breathing patterns and meditative movement.  If you can breathe, this app will work for you.

You can learn more about Max and Inner Axis through - 

website: www.maxstrom.com
Instagram: @maxstromofficial
Twitter: @MaxStrom2
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/STROMTEACHINGS 

Episode 21 - Dating & Relationships

Episode 21 - Dating & Relationships

"A good relationship is when someone accepts your past, supports your present, and encourages your future."

This week we welcome our guest, Megan, as she joins us in our ongoing conversation about dating and relationships.  In our fear driven culture we feel the need to hide who we are and what we want from others (whether that be from friends, family, or partners) instead of being authentic to ourselves and honest with them.  A healthy relationship is one in which love enriches you, not imprisons you.

Gretchen & Kristy

Episode 20 - Dating & You

Episode 20 - Dating & You

"In a relationship, you need somebody who's gonna call you out, not someone who's gonna let everything slide.  You need someone who doesn't want to live without you.  But can.  Not somebody who is dependent, but somebody who is stronger with you.  A relationship is two people, not one."

 

This week our episode focuses on ourselves while in romantic relationships.  Finding a balance between self and others can be difficult but important to cultivate in order to have healthy relationships.  We hope you enjoy!

Gretchen and Kristy

Episode 19 - Society & Sense of Self

Episode 19 - Society & Sense of Self

"Our society and institutions are built to push men and women into different roles.  We need to change that." ~ Caroline Criado-Perez

The impact that society has on men is vastly different than how it impacts women.  In this episode we welcome Joseph Carringer, from Didge Therapy, to talk with us about his experiences as a man in today's society.  From a history of abuse and trauma to healing through sound therapy he shares his journey of developing his relationship with himself.  

If you would like to check out Joseph's music click on the links below:

http://didgetherapy.com/didgeridoo-music-meditation-releases

http://tablesyndicate.com/

We hope you enjoy.  

Gretchen & Kristy

Episode 18 - Society and Self

Episode 18 - Society and Self

"You don't need to fit into society or reform in order to make an impact.  Be you, spread love, raise your vibrations - That's whats important." 

The relationship that we have with ourselves is often greatly impacted by society and societal views.  This week we discuss how information we receive from family, friends, society, and social media play a role in the relationship that we have with ourselves.  

We hope you enjoy!

Gretchen & Kristy

Episode 17 - Body Image & Self Talk

Episode 17 - Body Image & Self Talk

"There is nothing wrong with your body, but there is a lot wrong with the messages which try to convince you otherwise." ~ Rae Smith

Accept your body the way it is.  You're unique and beautiful.  You don't need to be a certain way.  Be yourself.  

In this episode we welcome our guest, Allison Long, to the podcast.  Allison is a pilates instructor, dancer, and dance teacher living and working in the Pittsburgh area.  We all struggle with body image and it benefits us to talk about the ways that we struggle, what helps us to be more accepting of ourselves, and working to realize that there is nothing wrong with our bodies and the way that we look.

We hope that you enjoy!

Gretchen & Kristy

Episode 16 - Relationship with Yourself Part 2

Episode 16 - Relationship with Yourself Part 2

"Loving yourself starts with liking yourself, which starts with respecting yourself, which starts with thinking of yourself in positive ways."

In this episode we continue our journey into the relationships that we have with ourselves by exploring the expectations we have for ourselves, the comparisons we make with others, and where those come from. We also look at the ideas of self acceptance and self worth, which are an important part to developing a better relationship with yourself.

Enjoy!

Gretchen & Kristy

Episode 15 - Your Relationship with Yourself

Episode 15 - Your relationship with yourself

"When you accept yourself, you are freed of the burden of needing others to accept you.  Don't allow anyone or anything to control, limit, repress, or discourage you from being your true self."

In this episode of our podcast we dive into the relationship that we have with ourself, our bodies, and how much we get into our own heads when it comes to how we view ourselves.  Join us on a journey in finding out who we are now, who we strive to be, where we came from, and what obstacles we have overcome from our past.

We hope you enjoy!  Please reach out with any comments or feedback!

Gretchen and Kristy