Speak thanks to podcast producer: Chris Robertson.
I feel so grateful for the opportunity to have gotten to know Elissa Goodman and her life's story and work. The first part of her life and health were full of challenges. What is so inspiring and thought-provoking is how healthy and vibrant she is now at age 61!
I hope you enjoy this Practical Nontoxic Living podcast as much as I have. Please send me your thoughts @ruanliving on Instagram or email [email protected].
–Sophia Ruan Gushée 🌱
Ever since I recorded this podcast, I’ve been thinking a lot about smoothies as meals, cold-pressed juices as an IV of nutrients, our dehydration epidemic, intermittent fasting, how much longer it takes our digestive system to process a pizza versus a plant-based meal with the same calories, and the inspiring life of Elissa Goodman, who is the guest of this podcast and who left the topics that I just mentioned at the top of my mind.
Based in Los Angeles, Elissa is a popular Holistic Nutritionist, Lifestyle Cleanse Expert, and author of the best-selling book Cancer Hacks: A Holistic Guide to Overcoming your Fears and Healing Cancer (Amazon affiliate link).
At age 32, Elissa was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After her cancer diagnosis, she learned that she also had Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s and Celiac disease. Then, more than 11 years from her cancer diagnosis, Elissa lost her husband to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was 45 years old. Elissa became a single mom of two young girls.
These experiences led Elissa to quit her job at Vogue and become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist.
But, Elissa quickly learned that optimal nutrition wasn’t the only necessity to healing. Elissa realized the importance of also addressing massive emotional roadblocks that contributed to her illnesses--such as chronic stress, past trauma, perfectionism, feelings of not being good enough, and poor sleep.
Fast forward, Elissa has helped thousands of clients manage their own health issues. And she makes eating healthy even easier in several ways, including through her book Cancer Hacks, her successful cleanses, and her Super Seed Bars.
Elissa’s mission is to educate and encourage healthy, mindful living, and help others embrace the concept that we are a product of what we eat and how we treat ourselves. Learn more about Elissa’s offerings in the podcast show notes.
A collaborator with leading health and wellness partners, Elissa is also often asked to contribute to outlets such as Huffington Post, abc7, NBC LA, E! News, Well & Good, Mind Body Green, and more. Elissa is currently working on her second book, which you’ll hear more about in our podcast.
Today, Elissa remains free of cancer, Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s and Celiac disease. She says she feels better than ever and she looks amazing! I encourage you to visit the podcast show notes to see Elissa. At the age of 61, Elissa is an inspiring reminder that it’s often never too late to develop a life force that is so vibrant and resilient that it emanates from the inside-out.
Please remember as you listen to this conversation that nothing in this podcast should be interpreted as medical advice. I know you’ll hear many wonderful tips. However, always consult with your trusted healthcare providers to explore what is best for you.
[3:47] Elissa's background
Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds (Amazon affiliate link). Ten themes among those who experienced radical remission.
[20:00] Sophia asks Elissa about Elissa's thoughts on the key pillars for healing.
[23:24] "I don't believe in aging."
[27:00] Sophia asks, What do you wish more people knew about viruses?
[31:24] Infrared saunas.
[33:10] Elissa is not vegan: plant-based though.
[36:09] Our biochemistry is dynamic.
[37:00] Fatty livers.
Elissa sees a lot of fatty liver so we should be careful of overdoing certain foods, even healthy fats. It takes the liver a lot of energy to create the bile to break down fat. We have gone a little overboard: butter in our coffee, eggs for breakfast, smoothie with avocado and/or nut butter.
[38:00] Protein for vegetarians and vegans can be tricky.
[39:14] Intermittent fasting.
Intuitive Fasting: The Flexible Four-Week Intermittent Fasting Plan to Recharge Your Metabolism and Renew Your Health by Will Cole (Amazon affiliate link).
[45:50] Fiber in smoothies (compared to green juices).
[51:15] "I didn't even know what feeling good felt like."
[51:40] Ten lightning round questions:
What do you wish more people knew about:
[57:48] What are your top practical nontoxic tips?
Thanks for tuning in! What follows is more of my conversation with Elissa about her cleanses and other offerings. And then we talk about how we try to raise our daughters to have a healthy relationship with eating.
[59:00] Elissa's services (learn more on www.ElissaGoodman.com).
[1:02:12] How to raise daughters to have a healthy, balanced relationship with food and eating.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Nothing should be interpreted as medical advice. This podcast shares Elissa's experience and her opinions are her own.
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