Podcasts to help you “ReWild”, enjoy a “Happier” life, and get you talking about “Sex Out Loud.”
We’re a little late to the podcast party, but now we can’t get enough. Since we don’t have as much time as we’d like to read physical books (we'd spend all day in the library if we could!), podcasts offer a portable, convenient way to learn on the go. Below you’ll find our top ten health and wellness podcasts covering everything from shamanism to paleo living to sexuality.
We’re both a little obsessed with habits these days, in large part thanks to Gretchen Rubin. She’s the author of several books including Better Than Before where she outlines how to live a happier life by changing your habits. Her podcast expands on that idea by offering weekly tips and strategies, all of which are pretty simple and easy to implement. We love that she talks about "stacking habits" (adding a new habit to something you already do regularly, like brushing your teeth). This is a strategy Amy uses with her clients when they're learning to chart and it's proven hugely effective. Another reason we love this podcast is that it's co-hosted by Gretchen's sister who lives in another city. They have a “gold star and demerit” system that they do with one another that feels reminiscent of how we check in. They often reference previous episodes so we’d recommend starting at the beginning so that you’re in the loop.
Sex Out Loud
There are so many sexuality books coming out these days that it’s hard to keep up. One of the great things about Sex Out Loud is that many of Tristan Taormino’s interviews are with authors who offer a sampling of their work on air. From there we can usually get a pretty good sense of whether the work resonates with our own philosophy and if so, we head to the bookstore to pick up a copy (you’ll notice that four of the five titles reviewed in our 2015 roundup were written by authors featured on Sex Out Loud). In addition to writers, Tristan interviews fellow sex educators, activists, academics, and performers. We recommend checking out the episode with Emily Nagoski, the author of Come As You Are.
The Paleo View Podcast
This podcast features Sarah Ballantyne, the author of The Paleo Approach and her co-host Stacy Toth. Amy attributes much of her success in reversing symptoms of hypothyroidism and menstrual pain to the adoption of Sarah’s Ballantyne’s AutoImmune Paleo (AIP) lifestyle. Sarah has a Ph.D. in health sciences and does an excellent job of presenting both the science and the research around health, illness and nutrition. The Paleo View Podcast is a great place to get straight-up answers on complex health topics. Since both hosts are mothers, they also offer some very practical tips for raising healthy children.
Ultimate Health Podcast
We’re huge fans of Marni Wasserman and Jesse Chappus as hosts. They are both leaders in the health field and as a result they already have a rapport with many of the guests on the show. That connection and comfort comes across on air and enables them to ask personal questions that other interviewers might not (including the episode with Meghan Telpner which we highly recommend checking out). They get into nitty gritty, practical suggestions for how to improve your health, and they do it in a way that feels accessible and fun. We recently listened to the episode with Christiane Northrup where she talked about the importance of honouring your cyclical nature (and referenced red tents). Our kind of podcast! Because the episodes are self-contained and usually focus on a particular topic you don’t need to start at the beginning.
This podcast is hosted by Holistic Reproductive Health Practioner-in-training, Lisa Hendrickson-Jack. Because of her shared passion for teaching the Justisse Method of Fertility Awareness, Lisa explores many of the holistic health principles we teach and practice ourselves. While the focus is on fertility and menstrual health, the content is valuable to anyone with a uterus. Topics range from the benefits of abdominal massage to treatment for PCOS and issues of reproductive justice. Nearly every episode is a self-contained interview with an expert in the field, so you don’t need to listen to them in any particular order. We’re interviewed on episode #8 and #34. And you’ll find episodes with many of our favourite colleagues on there as well, including several with Justisse Founder Geraldine Matus.
Why Shamanism Now
Those of you who have worked with Amy may be aware that she is a shamanic practitioner and is currently studying in the Red Moon Mystery School. Why Shamanism Now is a show that explores modern shamanism, especially as a path to physical, emotional and mental well-being. The show has been on the air for eight years, so it can be daunting to know where to start. However, the host Christina Pratt has taken a new approach this year. She is re-airing many of the episodes from the archives with expanded commentary. So if you are new to the show, we recommend starting with the “Energy Body Hygiene” episode from the beginning of this year, and working forward from there.
Guinea Pigging Green
Although this podcast is geared to a slightly younger audience (it’s for 20-somethings and we're both in our 30s), it’s totally our vibe. From yoga to nutrition to birth control, they cover a range of holistic health and wellness topics. Plus, they’re avid readers and reference many of our favourite authors. Laura and Stephanie are good friends which means they have a lovely conversational rapport and they live up to their slogan “always approachable, never pretentious.” The episodes offer actionable tips, including specific courses, apps, and products that they’ve “guinea-pigged” themselves. The episodes are self-contained so you can start wherever you’d like. If you’ve ever wondered about the copper IUD, we recommend listening to #58 where Laura shares her experience.
One of the things we like about Dan Savage's podcast is that he opens with some political commentary using sexuality as the lens by which to examine these events. Then he goes on to offer advice to his callers. While we don’t always agree with him, he offers some interesting perspectives and usually references articles or books that offer more in-depth explorations. The show also features guest experts, including folks from Planned Parenthood who tackle questions about birth control, STIs and general sexual health. One of our favourite episodes is an oldie where Dan interviews Christopher Ryan, the co-author of Sex At Dawn. For more on Dan Savage, check out our blog post.
The Period Party
Nicole and Nat are passionate about so many of the topics we love to read and write about – healthy periods, thyroid health, and coming off the pill. The content is very similar to what you’ll find on Fertility Friday, but in a shorter format (half an hour as opposed to an hour). As such, if you’re looking for something you can listen to quickly over a lunch break, this is a great option. The tone of The Period Party is conversational, due to the comfortable rapport between Nicole and Nat.
When Amy discovered Daniel Vitalis' show ReWild Yourself she texted me, "I think I just had a podcast orgasm." He basically covers ALL the things we're passionate about - sexuality and relationships, holistic birthing, rites of passage, posture alignment, parenting, nature deficit disorder, nutrition... the list goes on! We only just started listening this week so we can't speak to all the episodes, but we can say that within the first ten minutes we both had that "this is what I've been looking for" feeling. Not only is Daniel's "ReWild" message similarly aligned with our own, but he's also an articulate, passionate and engaging speaker which makes for a great podcast, especially because his guests tend to be similarly well-spoken. One caveat: We should point out that although we agree with many of his philosophies, his style is more brazen and "out there" than our own which may or may not be appealing. ;)
Looking for more resources to help you live a happier, healthier life? Check out the list of our top 50 books, many of whose authors are featured in the podcasts above.
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Kim & Amy Sedgwick love to discuss sex, periods, and all the other things we’re not supposed to talk about. The co-founders of Red Tent Sisters and ecosex.ca, they’ve been featured in every major Canadian news outlet and have become a trusted resource for women seeking natural (effective!) birth control, a more joyful sex life, and an empowered journey to motherhood.