Ep. 108 “Genius Foods” + How Eating for Optimal Brain Health Will Make You Happier and More Productive with Max Lugavere

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Max Lugavere is a TV personality, health and science journalist, filmmaker, musician, and author of the recently published book, Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life (2018). Max’s expertise is wide-ranging, but he is particularly passionate about preventing neurodegenerative diseases by honing in on the effects of diet and lifestyle on brain health. In today’s episode we get REAL science-y, but also dive deep into the personal motivations behind Max’s professional journey. We can’t wait for you to check it out!

 

 

We talk about...

 

  • Max’s workout routine + splitting his time between NYC and West Hollywood!

  • The research + science behind why exercise is SO good for you.

  • Max’s thoughts on veganism + plant-based eating.

  • How Max transitioned from a TV career to one specializing in studying the intersection of nutrition + disease prevention.

  • How Max has navigated his mother’s challenging neurodegenerative disease diagnosis.

  • Disease prevention as a MILLENNIAL issue!

  • How people today are being POISONED by our food supply.

  • The fallacies in the USDA MyPlate grain suggestion (successor to the Food Pyramid).

  • How eating a brain-healthy diet impacted Max’s personal cognitive function.

  • Research on the correlation between diet + depression and anxiety (“Food & Mood” connection).

  • Why “everything in moderation” may be bad advice!

  • How under-sleeping exacerbates emotional turmoil and pain.

  • All the details on Max’s newly released book, Genius Foods, + a list of some of his favorite superfoods for brain health (hint: CHOCOLATE!).

 

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Ep 107 New and Full Moons + Tapping into the Power of Your Astrological Sign with Spirit Daughter, Jill Wintersteen

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Today we welcome Jill Wintersteen to the Almost 30 pod! She is the woman behind the quickly growing Venice based brand, Spirit Daughter. She was introduced to astrology and yoga as a teenager, but at first, Jill followed a more traditional path to become a neuroscientist. While studying at Hopkins, Jill had the opportunity to study Chinese Medicine in Venice Beach. This relocation brought her to her calling and she began a practice of “helping others to find grounding, peace, and their true path.” On today’s episode, we discuss Jill’s business, Spirit Daughter, where you can purchase Moon Workbooks, Crystals by Season, and Dreamcatchers. This conversation is centered around Jill’s personal and professional background, her insanely deep understanding of energy and astrology, and her insights into the ways cosmic energy impacts our day-to-day living.

 

 

We talk about...

 

  • Jill’s teenage years spent playing with crystals and astrology charts!

  • Her experience attending Upattinas School, known for fostering individuality and lifelong learning.

  • Jill’s background as a neuroscientist, studying at Hopkins, + eventually relocating to Venice Beach to study Chinese Medicine.

  • Planting intentions on a new moon, and then sharing the new version of ourselves during the full moon - which marks a period of release.

  • How Jill wrote an AMAZING forward for Allie Michelle’s new poetry book, Explorations of a Cosmic Soul.

  • The rise of the feminine energy in both men and women + how the #MeToo movement may actually align with the cosmic energy.

  • Bringing the world’s masculine and feminine energy into balance.

  • How to bring more of what you want and need into your life.

  • Why Jill isn’t afraid of Mercury Retrograde!

  • Jill’s newest project currently in the works - you heard it here first - a brand new APP!

 

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Ep. 106 Becoming Bon Qui Qui and Overcoming Life’s Challenges through Faith + Comedy with Anjelah Johnson

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We are SO excited to welcome Anjelah Johnson-Reyes onto the show today!! She is an actress + comedian, and was a cast member on the series MADtv during its 13th season! Anjelah’s MADtv characters included a Vietnamese nail salon employee named Mi Ling/Tammy and a fast food employee, the famous Bon Qui Qui! On today’s episode we talk all about her life’s journey — how her career began (hint: FREE church joke-writing class!?), overcoming obstacles, navigating relationships, growing spiritually and personally, building a career in LA + more!!

 

 

We discuss...

 

  • Anjelah’s beautiful marriage and partnership with husband, Manwell.

  • How Anjelah unexpectedly began her comedic career in a FREE church joke-writing class.

  • Learning to be famous after her very first video went VIRAL.

  • Her belief that this career path in comedy is a gift and that joy is medicine for all who are hurting.

  • Anjelah’s upbringing and how she navigated the residual hardship and trauma in her teen years.

  • How attending a church camp and delving into her Christian faith changed her life forever.

  • Anjelah’s journey from San Jose, CA to Oakland, CA to become an NFL cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders.

  • How Anjelah became an extra on Friends for seasons 9 + 10, and all that she took with her from those 2 years of growth and on-the-job education

  • Finding the energy and inspiration to both create your art and get closer to God spiritually, even amidst ‘downtime’ and hardship.

  • Changing your perspective + mindset to embody the principle, “It’s not about me.”

  • Uplifting other women because there is room for all of us!

 

Want to chat? Give us a ring! Call 1.424.270.1853

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Ep. 105 (Pt 2) Yes We Cannabis: The History + The Future in Treatment with Perry Solomon of Cannabis Community, HelloMD

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Today’s guest, Dr. Perry Solomon, is the Chief Medical Officer at HelloMD, the leading digital platform for the cannabis industry. HelloMD’s tagline is, “Nourish your mind, body and soul by learning and sharing in the largest medical cannabis community.” Joining the HelloMD community gives you access to medical professionals, cannabis experts, educational materials, and cannabis products by HelloMD partners. Say no more! You’re listening to Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Perry Solomon, where we continued our conversation of the medicinal efficacy of cannabis and CBD products.

 

 

We discuss…

 

  • Cannabis as a remedy for pain and a “health and wellness” supplement

  • How CBD can help reduce stress, anxiety, migraines, pain, menstrual cramps, sport related injuries, and insomnia

  • Why people were tricked into believing that cannabis is harmful to their health

  • Harry Anslinger: the godfather of cannabis prohibition

  • The roots of the opioid and heroin addiction crisis in the United States

  • How CBD oil- void of THC- is used in suppository form as a remedy for menstrual cramps

  • How run of the mill, generic CBD companies use hemp to produce CBD oils from areas that heavily rely on pesticide usage

  • Legalized “adult use” of marijuana in the state of California

  • Cannabis use terminology: “adult use” vs “recreational use”

  • The high tax on cannabis in California driving customers to the black market

  • Dr. Solomon’s thoughts on  “fake news” regarding cannabis and how to get the real deal info at HelloMD.

 

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Ep. 104 (Pt 1) Cannabis 101 + Why It’s Important We Lift The Stigma with Perry Solomon of HelloMD

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Today’s guest, Dr. Perry Solomon, is the Chief Medical Officer at HelloMD, the leading digital platform for the cannabis industry. HelloMD’s tagline is, “Nourish your mind, body and soul by learning and sharing in the largest medical cannabis community.” Joining the HelloMD community gives you access to medical professionals, cannabis experts, educational materials, and cannabis products by HelloMD partners. Say no more! In Part 1 of our episode with Dr. Solomon, we dig in deep to explore the many uses for cannabis. We’ll continue this in Part 2, to be released later this week.

 

 

We discussed...

 

  • Dr. Solomon’s early career as a board certified anaesthesiologist (20+ years), followed by his consulting work with medical device companies and medical startups

  • The details surrounding Dr. Solomon’s career pivot in March 2015 when he joined HelloMD as the Chief Medical Officer

  • Doctors, generally, being unfamiliar with cannabis and the science behind it due to the stigmatization of the drug

  • How cannabis is a trial and error compound which everyone reacts differently to and, thus, ought to identify a personalized ideal ratio

  • That in most industrialized countries, cannabis is still illegal

  • Why people were tricked into believing that cannabis is harmful to their health

  • How there is only 1 medical school out of 144 that teaches a course in the endocannabinoid system

  • The overprescription and proper prescription of opioids, and where cannabis fits into the picture

  • Cannabis as a remedy for pain and as a “health and wellness” supplement

  • The distinction between CBD vs marijuana

 

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Ep. 103 How to Expand Your Consciousness + Align Your Chakras With Reiki Healer Millana Snow

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Today on Almost 30, we are overjoyed and seriously honored to welcome Millana Snow, an incredibly wise Reiki Healer, Speaker, + Entrepreneur. A model and actor for over 12 years, Millana is now a meditation teacher and Founder of Serene Social + the new WellnessOfficial.co. She aims to connect with, empower, and support others as they heal themselves by expanding their consciousness in their everyday lives. In this episode, Millana’s insight on practicing and benefitting from reiki, the physical benefits of energy healing, and understanding our chakras is invaluable.

 

We discuss…

 

  • Krista’s emotional reiki session with Millana

  • Causes of energetic depletion and ways to fill up your energy container

  • That we are all vessels through which energy flows out to the world

  • Millana’s past stint as a 14-year-old witch (spellbook + all) turned Born-Again Christian

  • The concepts of reiki and chakras + how Millana began her journey as a healer

  • Millana’s real life examples of her energy healing journey + opening up chakras

  • Millana’s boyfriend who chose to work with an energy healer in the UK to heal his very serious health issue

  • That you don’t have to be in the room with someone to experience true healing

  • Our thoughts on millennials + choosing “millennial pink” as this generation’s color

  • Energy work is about maintenance

  • Meditation and spending time with yourself

 

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Ep. 102 Menstrual Discs, Period Woes, Sexuality, and Female Entrepreneurship with Lauren Schulte, CEO + Founder of The FLEX Company

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It was such a joy + a pleasure to interview Lauren Schulte, the CEO + Founder of The FLEX Company. We totally went there in today’s episode! From how to insert the disc, to experiencing painful vaginal infections, and even chatting about the way partners (without vaginas) say they feel about supporting women through PMS symptoms - we covered it all!

 

 

Lauren shares with us how she suffered in silence with intense period pain and subsequent infections. When Lauren’s doctor informed her that tampon usage could be culpable for her chronic issues, she quit using them immediately and tried more than 30 alternative feminine hygiene products from all over the world (including the menstrual cup).

 

Already a successful businesswoman herself, Lauren ditched her career in Silicon Valley to meet a HUGE need in the female healthcare market. Lauren decided it was time to invest appropriate resources into creating a solution to the period woes women all around the world could identify with. A perfect storm of personal experience and business + marketing smarts, Lauren’s initiative has changed the menstruation game with the best alternative to using tampons!

 

We discuss…

  • FLEX - A new period product called a “menstrual disc.” Tampons and menstrual cups, by design, “plug up” the vagina (causing cramping + bloating), while menstrual discs are meant to sit higher up, much like a diaphragm

  • How FLEX can be left in for 12 hours AND you can have sex while it’s inserted - no infections or cramps!

  • The way tampons absorb all bacteria, including the GOOD bacteria, and can often lead to an imbalance (+ subsequent vaginal infections)

  • Lauren’s transition from a career in Silicon Valley to becoming the Founder + CEO of a start-up (which included taking big risks + pitching to many male investors)

  • Navigating the imposter syndrome as a female/Founder + CEO

  • Addressing challenging relationship dynamics in the workplace through open and honest conversations (Lindsey + Krista also chime in on their experiences working together on Almost 30 Podcast)

  • How to give feedback well (Hint -  ALWAYS lead with inquiry)

  • Men who feel afraid and embarrassed about not knowing how to help their girlfriends through intrusive PMS symptoms

  • Being a leader - a people and performance manager - as the Founder + CEO and, thereafter, shaping the workplace culture

  • Lauren’s TEDx talk (in the works) - She plans to present the sociological understanding that there is no such thing as “gay” or “straight,” but rather sexuality is a spectrum ( + her own experience falling in love with a woman)

  • Men embracing their feminine energy in heterosexual relationships (not necessarily being effeminate)

 

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Ep. 101 ‘American Vandal’ Star, Ryan O’Flanagan, Is Back To Talk About His Breakout Year in Hollywood + Share The Inspiring (And Weird) Stories That Defined It

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Our favorite guy is back by popular demand!! Ryan O'Flanagan is a supremely talented LA-based actor, writer, and comedian who has appeared on Netflix's unexpectedly hilarious "American Vandal" and Comedy Central's "Corporate,” among others! In 2017, Ryan partnered with Funny or Die to produce a series of Tourist Videos, and this April you’ll be able to watch Ryan's half-hour comedy special on Comedy Central.

 

Ever have days where all you want to do is laugh?  Today’s the day #almost30nation. Enjoy this super fun, long-form conversation about all things life + comedy (with a few bonus friends added into the mix).

 

This episode includes…

  • Updates on our favorite products right now, including Bitch Stix, pre-workout drinks such as Silver Fern (use code Almost30 for 15% off) and Revere, Four Sigmatic Lion’s Mane Elixir, this Peppermint Halo Wand, Dermalogica skin care products, Thistle meal deliveries (use promo code KRISTA308 for $20 off), and the NuFace Microcurrent Facial Toning Device. Total game-changers!

  • Ryan’s story about landing his latest role on Netflix’s “American Vandal.”

  • Free-flowing conversation about clubbing, bar fights, fleas, and bed bugs!

  • Ryan’s thoughts on moving back to NYC.

  • Post-college thoughts on all the things we’ve yet to learn.

  • Ryan’s experience shooting a Mexican commercial with Sylvester Stallone!

  • A long awaited update re: our last Recap episode! Ryan chats about his new calf tattoo and the subsequent run-in at the gym.

  • Fitness goals for 2018!

  • Lindsey’s early stint as a director at BC.

 

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