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More Than Just the Blues

Such an important topic and when you hear the statistics that Joyce shares in this interview its truly so strange that we don’t talk about it more. The Blues, Depression….. We need to talk about it and we also need to know that there ARE solutions. Joyce shares so much wisdom and even better … she shares HOPE on this cast, I am truly feeling honoured to host such a show, and that we can get this message out to the masses that help is available and healing is possible and that it happens.

Enjoy the Episode!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Joyce Bergsma’s Bio:

Joyce Bergsma is a registered Nutritional Therapist, practicing Orthomolecular and Functional Medicine since 2010. Joyce has a BA from Canada and later trained as a Nutritional Therapist in the UK. Her interest is on how food affects mental health and she is an advocate for approachable change for her clients. 

 

Before studying nutrition, Joyce worked for the largest private health insurer in the UK. Since moving to the Netherlands, she’s focussed on where food comes from and how it can be used to best promote our mental health. 

Growing up in Canada, the kitchen was the centre of Joyce’s family home. Her mother taught her how to cook from an early age with the vegetables from their garden. 

As she got older, she noticed how food affected her mood, energy levels, digestion and stress levels.

When several people close to her started developing serious health problems, she felt there was a connection between the illnesses and their diets. Would a healthier diet create a healthier life?

This interest led Joyce to study nutrition in the UK, where she learned to identify the connections between the systems of the body. She found out how diet, exercise, our environment and genetics affect whether diseases develop or not. 

Joyce’s interest in preventing the same depression her close family suffer from inspired her to learn how mental health could be influenced by nutrient therapy. Understanding the challenges of adjusting our lifestyles in a consumer society, she is keen to motivate others in making practical changes that enable their bodies to heal themselves.

Change is difficult, there’s no two ways about it. Joyce works to break down the different factors that contribute to mental health into bite-sized pieces so each step is manageable. We all have busy lives, but making change just happens one step at a time. 

Joyce is currently working on developing the Happiness Hub, a place to connect and learn about being mentally healthier. She also offers personal consultations and runs workshops for private groups on Stress Management and Fermenting Foods. You can book online at www.eatlivelovefood.com.

Joyce’s Resources:

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take one step at a time”

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CAST 083
Early PostPartum

Inspiring, authentic and realistic views and topics. How I love being able to talk to these empowering women and offer you in-depth knowledge.

 

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Dotan Dagan’s Bio:

Dotan was born in Israel and grew up in the Netherlands. She has been a carer for a decade and has owned a catering company. After becoming a mother in 2012 she felt inspired to work with new mothers. Dotan is now an independent postpartum care taker, (kraamverzorgende) which is a recognized profession in the Netherlands and part of its unique maternity care system. She is focusing on a nourishing, natural approach for the postpartum period. 

Dotan has experience in methods such as attachment parenting, Aware parenting, baby wearing, baby led weaning, co-sleeping, long-term nursing and non-violent communication and is very respectful of the parents individual needs and wishes during this special moment in their lives.

Dotan's Quote:

“If you want the truth, I’lltell you the truth: Listen to that secret sound, the real sound, which is inside of you.”  by Kabir a Sufi poet

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Diastasis Recti

I know that you have been waiting for me to an episode on Diastasis Recti and for thoset hat ahven’t I know that you will be grateful with this epsidoe too seeing as you will wnat to echck yourselves for it and it also might answer some unanswered questions about your post -partum body.

Becky was a joy to interview, she has a relaxing voice to listen to, an amazing accent that I LOVE  and also so much wisdom to share on the topic.

Enjoy the Episode and see you back here next episode.

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Becky's Bio:

Becky Spellman  was born in Liverpool in 1975 & because of a turned in left foot, was sent to ballet class at the age of 3 by our family doctor. 10 years of ballet school followed & I was lucky enough to have worked as a ballet dancer from when I was 19 until I retired at 30 when I had my daughter.

Pilates

As a dancer I had always done Pilates, it was part of our curriculum at school (my teacher was Alan Herdman) & later in the companies I danced in, Pilates was part of our daily routine. Admittedly I didn’t like it but if I wanted to keep my body healthy & able to stand up to the demands of dancing 8 shows a week whilst touring, it was something I would have to do.

After retiring in 2006, I retrained as a Pilates teacher under the tutelage of Debbie Jenner & Suus Wilms in Amsterdam. It took a year to do the full comprehensive program & I was selected to work in Debbie’s studio allowing me to clock up my apprentice hours & learn from watching the more experienced teachers there.

3 years later I was accepted onto the 2 year Master Mentor Program under Lolita San Miguel in NYC.. The opportunity to learn from her was amazing and changed my perspective of what is possible with the help of Pilates. I graduated in 2011, making me one of only two Lolita trained teachers in the Netherlands & later that year opened my own studio.

As I began to study and explore the possibilities of the Pilates method I started to work with two really talented physiotherapists from Amsterdam, Joep Kamphuis & Roan Vierhout.

They would refer their patients to me with a “wish list” for their patient’s rehab. I delved into the traditional work that I had been trained in by Lolita to find solutions and then taught it to our clients. Not only was this in itself exciting to do, but we noticed that our patients were recovering much faster than we had expected through their combined physiotherapy and Pilates programs.

After working so closely with the physiotherapists, i realised that i want to deepen my knowledge of the human body in order to become a better Pilates teacher.

As of September 2016, i will be studying two days a week for my Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy at Thim van der Laan School of Physiotherapy in Nieuwegein, Utrecht.

Becky’s Quote:

“I love seeing my clients more comfortable.”

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Post-Natal Nutrition

Hi All,

Another fab interview is coming your way here on an essential topic that all mothers need to be educated in. I certainly trust that this episode is going to gets loads of downloads and listeners are in for a treat. Gillian brings so much more insight than nitrition on this episode – actually it should really be called Self- Care in the Post-Partum period but I wont give too much away. Post Natal Nutriton is certainly discussed but oh so so much more.

Enjoy,

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Gillian Kolkman’s Bio:

Gillian is a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist, who studied at The Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London. She is also a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). She has a Nutritional Therapy practice in the Oud Zuid of Amsterdam, close to Wellbeing Chiropractor and is a mum of two boys.

Passionate about helping people

As a mother, and currently pregnant with her third, she is keen to share what she has learnt about postnatal nutrition and motherhood over the last 9 years.

Gillian also has a special interest in fertility, women’s health issues and autoimmune conditions. She is passionate about helping people to be the healthiest they can be using foods and nutrients for natural health care and wellbeing. She loves educating and empowering her clients to take control of their own health to see the true benefits of eating the right foods. She really believes all women can have an amazing experience during pregnancy, labour and the first years of motherhood.

Gillian was a recent speaker at the Amsterdam Motherhood Project event and is here today to talk to us about the extremely important and often forgotten subject of postnatal nutrition for the mother.

Gillian’s Quote:

“Value progress over perfection.”

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Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation for C-section & Vaginal Deliveries

Inspiring, authentic and realistic views and topics. How I love being able to talk to these empowering women and offer you in-depth knowledge.

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Susi Hately’s Bio:

Since 1993, Susi Hately has grown from teaching one or two musicians how to stay pain free while playing their instruments, to becoming a highly credible and reliable source for understanding and successfully using therapeutic yoga to enable people to get out of pain and back to the life they want to live – at home, work and play.

Better Body Balance

Her Signature Style of Yoga Therapy combines principles of anatomy and physiology with the ancient art of yoga asanas, breathing, pranayama, stillness and meditation. All of her sessions are customized to suit individual needs.

She started teaching this way back in 2001 because not every person with back pain or shoulder pain needed the same yoga program. Instead she focused on the person, their anatomy, their movement abilities and their day-to-day lifestyle. . . with a goal to cultivate better body balance.

Today she teaches people who have back pain, shoulder pain, frozen shoulders, repetitive strain injury, and osteoarthritis; people going through chemotherapy, and people who are recovering from cancer treatment; people with neck pain, knee pain, and people rehabilitating from surgery; people with MS; Lou Gehrig’s, as well as people with anxiety, and depression. Clients come from all walks of life – executives, parents, retirees, elite athletes, Olympians, school teachers, dentists, doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, yoga teachers and more – but the common thing that brings them is always the same, initially – their pain, fatigue or tension is getting in the way of the life they want to live.

In 2001, she started to teach teachers the anatomy principles she uses in her classes each day. They had ah-ha moments in their own bodies as well as ah-ha moments with their students – there was less pain, more ease, and a greater feeling of lightness and strength.

In 2004, she began to train teachers more specifically in therapeutic yoga, and in 2007 she launched what is now called the Therapeutic Yoga Intensive. Over these 5 mind blowing days she teaches the theory and techniques she uses daily with her clients to help them reduce pain, manage long term physiological and systemic issues, recover from surgery and navigate treatment protocols.

In 2007, she began Certifying Yoga Teachers to become Yoga Therapists. Her Yoga Therapy Program is now one of a few IAYT Accredited Programs based in Canada, and is catered to yoga teachers who want to blending the modern with the ancient, who have tried what she has taught and sees the positive impact in their own practice, as well as in the practices of their students and who want to take their knowledge deeper; who want to flourish as therapeutic yoga teachers, and become really good at what they do. Susi has much experience in this world of improving movement and reducing pain and she wants to share it with people who are serious about their development and growth.

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C-Section Scar Tissue

An episode for all busy parents this week. You will love this mama’s journey from corporate career to burnout to self taught chef to Dutch Masterchef finalist to cookbook creator.

Such a great one. Get listening. I can’t wait for the book and yes I have already pre-ordered.

X Kaz

Dr Emily’s Bio:

Dr Emily Kiberd has been a chiropractor in midtown Manhattan for 10 years and the founder of Urban Wellness Clinic, a multi-disciplinary clinic with chiropractors, massage therapy, personal training, nutrition, yoga therapy, and acupuncture. She is obsessed with movement and is fascinated with how the body compensates for injuries.

 

Urban Wellness Corporate Solutions

She integrates a corporate wellness program called Urban Wellness Corporate Solutions into fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in NYC which includes: yoga, ergonomic assessments, nutrition, and massage therapy.

She works with athletes, corporate warriors, and has a specific specialty doing post-surgical scar tissue work, specifically postpartum c-section scars. She helps women get ready for pregnancy through strength training, breathing techniques, nutrition, and chiropractic adjustments and knows education is essential to a healthy birth.

Mama to 1 year old Baby Elvis, wife to DJ, she loves getting her patients moving better, smarter and pain free.  In her world work/life balance is a myth because she believes if you love what you do, they are seamless.

Bojana’s Quote:

“I never anticipated how much becoming a mum would change me”

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How to be True to Yourself as a Mother

Wow so much wisdom on mothering from this wonderful soul. This was a true interview with heart and it was a real honour to have fellow Wellness CouchPodcaster Bridget Wood. You can find more of her gold on Nourishing The Mother with her co-host Julie Tenner who was also on Mum’s the Word recently  – a highly recommended interview also.

Enjoy!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Bridget Wood’s Bio:

Bridget Wood is a writer, speaker, event manager and coach with a vision to raise our collective consciousness through her businesses Suburban Sandcastles and Nourishing The Mother. With studies in media, communications and human behaviour, and ten years spent in the Corporate world, Bridget has an insatiable appetite for knowledge and a desire to understand the bigger picture of how we, and the world, are the way we are, and to empower people to connect to themselves and realise their potential. 

Raising our children to raise ourselves

A mother of two, Bridget reflects that many women feel they lose themselves in early motherhood, but ultimately it’s been where she has found herself. She has a particular interest ‘raising our children to raise ourselves’, recognising how our children’s behaviour, values and needs can trigger feelings in us – our own ‘inner child’. Bridget advocates for children and awakening motherhood to see the gifts of healing our children are offering us, and how our relationships and the world around us offer us a mirror to grow and nurture our authentic selves.

Bridget’s Quote:

“I’m willing and open to seeing and owing to all that I am”

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Adrenal Fatigue

Happy 1st Birthday to us, Episode 53 here we are!

And such an important topic being discussed here by the fabulous Jules Galloway. It was loads of fun and I’m sure you can relate to so much of what Jules sees in her clients and here she is givein us some strategies and tips to combat the fatigue.

Enjoy!

X Kaz

Jules Galloway’s Bio:

Jules Galloway is a passionate naturopath, speaker, podcaster, and recipe creator.

Health wasn’t always Jules’ priority. After a challenging youth, she lived a party lifestyle for over a decade. But when it began to take its toll on her mind and body, she ditched the busy inner city life for a fresh start in the Byron Bay hinterland.

Fatigued to Fabulous

Diagnosed with pyrrole disorder, adrenal fatigue and a pesky gene mutation thrown in for good measure, Jules has learned the importance of nourishing herself – using wholefoods, supplements, happiness, gratitude and a good dose of humour.

Now with over 10 years of clinical experience, Jules has made it her mission to help women find their shine again. She’s guided hundreds of women through her eCourse, “Shiny Healthy You – Fatigued to Fabulous in 12 Weeks,” and also sees clients individually. Her podcast gets thousands of downloads every month.

When she’s not helping her tribe to become healthy, Jules can be found surfing, hanging out with her husband and their elderly rescue dogs, or walking the famous Byron Bay lighthouse track.

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Healing with GAPS. (Gut And Psychology Syndrome)

Wow!! Mamas are amazing. You will love this share. Amanda is certainly a mama on a mission and I have so much respect for all the work that both her and her partner do in keeping their son halthy and in healing him and restoring his health. What a journey and waht commitment.

This episode is eye opening and educational and also uplifting and inspirational. You will love hearing all about Amamda’d journeya dnshe does it with hunour, grounded-ness and so so much love!!

Enjoy the episode and please do share it around as it is intended to help others who are possibly in need of the same healing protocol.

Enjoy!!

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Amanda Growland’s Bio:

Amanda lives in Amsterdam with her husband and 3-year-old son. She’s from Canada and has been living the Dutch dream for the past twelve years. She has a background in journalism and works in communications for a not-for-profit organisation. Amanda is passionate about many things but her focus for the past two years has been healing her son’s chronic health issues. Her son has been battling with leaky gut (gut dysbiosis) and painful eczema since he began eating solid foods. When no specialist or treatment could offer relief, Amanda turned to the GAPS diet and that’s when the road to healing began.

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Aware Parenting

We often forget that our parenting skills are constantly a work in progress. Our own cultures  or our childhood experiences and those of our partner all have an impact on how we will raise our children. Whilst there is no one way for everyone, there are certainly some methods that honour the child and the child’s needs more than others.

This was a fabulous episode where Chris and I discus the aware parent, based on principles from Aletha Solter’s famous book “the aware baby”.  She certainly has the wisdom and experience to help many parents and offers so much sounds advice on the interview.

Enjoy

X Dr Kaz Jaffe

Chris Muller’s Bio:

Chris Muller, MSc, is a passionate Psychologist and Aware Parenting instructor in The Netherlands.  From a young age Chris was interested in the dynamics between parents and children. So what started as a hobby, later became her studies and finally her job. She has helped hundreds of parents gain a deeper understanding of their children through her workshops, course, articles and through 1-on-1 support.

Deeper understanding

Its her passion to help parents and other caretakers experience more joy and connection with their children and with themselves. Therefore she offers alternatives for time-outs, rewards or sleep training.

Instead she offers a deeper understanding of why our children and babies behave a certain way and offers tools on how we can truly connect with them, so we are able to lighten our parenting struggles.

The methods she uses are practical and light, as well as profound. She helps parents change their struggles into joy, by teaching communication tools and playfulness, but also at times by a transformation in ourselves.

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