Intuitive Eating and The Wisdom Behind Living A Healthy Life

Intuitive Eating and The Wisdom Behind Living A Healthy Life

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to 2019 with curiosity, wonder and love.

My conversation with Danielle Lithwick is a perfect way to start the new year on the CPR of Life podcast. Danielle is an Intuitive Eating Coach, body positivist and Personal Trainer. I met her at a social event focused on connection – one of my favourite things. Much of what Danielle points to in her work is parallel with the understanding I work from, that we have innate wisdom within that is available to guide us. Danielle points to this wisdom in her work as a coach and trainer. I enjoyed learning more about her as well as what she does. Danielle is a sweet soul, I enjoyed connecting with her.

During this conversation we chat about:

  • What being body positive means;
  • The ten principles Danielle focuses on as an Intuitive Eating Coach;
  • Why it’s important to honour your hunger; and
  • Emotional eating.

Here are a few thought bomb takeaways:

  • Our innate wisdom includes healthy eating signals;
  • There is a difference between respecting your body versus loving your body;
  • The concept of ‘ideal’ is made up, and differs from person to person, therefore searching for the ideal is futile; and
  • Trust the wisdom of your body, it will never lead you wrong.

I loved the message Danielle promotes, it’s one that makes a lot of sense to me. In my opinion, it’s one that everyone should embrace. Danielle has a vast amount of experience and she definitely embraces her message. She has a great new program coming up, the details are below.

This conversation was a great example of how we have an inbuilt capacity to deal with every aspect of life. Letting go and leaning into trusting our innate wisdom is a beautiful way to start this new year.

Thank-you for listening. I would be grateful if you could leave a review on iTunes. If you have any comments or feedback please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Until next time: Be well. Be inspired. Be You.

Much love,


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Live Your Best Life 101

Live Your Best Life 101

Live Your Best Life 101

This episode is a great one. I loved my conversation with the witty and wise Amir Karkouti. In addition to being a loving husband and father, Amir owns several restaurants, he’s a kick-ass coach and works at a recovery centre. I had the honour and pleasure of participating in a Professional Coaching course with Amir and Ankush Jain, it was a such a fabulous journey. The two of them work together in such an inspiring and complimentary way. What I’ve seen with Amir time and time again is that he shows up fully and gives with such an open heart.

This conversation is a great one, among other things we chat about:

  • Taking action despite the quality of our thinking in the moment;
  • Even if we look different from the outside, we are all looking for the same thing on the inside;
  • When we are trying to figure out life from a conceptual place we are not living; and
  • The power of showing up and doing our best.

Here are a few thought bomb takeaways:

  • The secret ingredient in life, coaching, business, etc. is showing up as YOU;
  • There is no-one who can do you better than you;
  • Life flows much better when we are not caught up in trying to conceptualize everything; and
  • The heart of the matter IS what matters.

If you enjoy this episode I would be grateful if you could leave a review on iTunes. If you think others would enjoy it please feel free to share. If you have any comments or feedback please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Until next time: Be well. Be inspired. Be You.

Much love,


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Wisdom, Parenting and The Power of Deep Listening

Wisdom, Parenting and The Power of Deep Listening

What a wonderful conversation I had in this episode with Dr. Jack Pransky, a Three Principles Author, Trainer and Practitioner. Jack’s approach is the same but his work spans across many disciplines including prevention, parenting, health and wellness. I admire Jack and often use his books in my coaching or when I’m working with a group of children.

His passion for spreading his message is evident in his work, his writing and most importantly, in his presence. I had the pleasure of attending a workshop led by Jack earlier this year where I learned so much about the power of deep listening. The love and passion he has for what he does comes through in his books and is even more evident when you meet him in person. I hope you enjoy this episode. 

In this conversation we discuss:

  • challenges and approaches to parenting;
  • the power of deep listening;
  • how we create our experience; and
  • the power of being aligned with our own wisdom.

Here are a few thought bomb takeaways:

  • Wisdom is within each and every one of us, it’s like a quiet, gentle nudge;
  • Deep listening goes far beyond the words being spoken and being heard, embracing this will change your relationships. We are either listening or talking if we are talking we aren’t listening;
  • There is a lot of information to be found in being curious, especially when you are having trouble with someone;
  • Discipline that comes from a place of anger never achieves a good long-term outcome; and
  • Children learn from what we do more than what we say – a great question to ask yourself before you respond “what is my child learning from me? What do I want them to learn?

There were so many golden nuggets in this conversation. Parents, teachers or anyone working with children will find so many takeaways from this episode. I’m looking forward to the audio version of Jack’s books. I always find something new in them when I re-read them or use them in coaching sessions. I highly recommend all of Jack’s books. Links to the ones I use or share most often are included in the show notes. I hope you enjoyed this conversation.

If you enjoy the show please share and I would be grateful if you could leave a review on iTunes. If you have any comments or feedback please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Until next time: Be well. Be inspired. Be You.

Much love, Jessie-Lynn

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Books mentioned in the show:

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Wisdom Within Our Children

Wisdom Within Our Children

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Chinese Proverb

My son came home from summer camp this week and complained about another boy in the group. It was the same conversation we had every day when I picked him up.

After dinner, we went for a walk and he brought up the little boy at summer camp again. I asked him to tell me something nice about this boy. He thought about it for a moment and told me that he was kind to a girl who was sad. After a few moments, he added a few more things to the ‘nice list’.

I asked him how it felt for him when he talked about the things that were wrong with this boy, and alternatively how it felt when he talked about the things on the nice list. He told me it felt better when he thought about the nice list. I explained that was his inner wisdom guiding him, showing him that focusing on the good things was much better than focusing on the bad. There is so much information in a feeling, not just for children but for all human beings.

We all have this wisdom. Some call it intuition, some call it a gut feeling or reaction, a sixth sense, or their guardian angel. It’s a gentle nudge (and at times not so gentle). It is our innate wisdom guiding us, like a lighthouse. Shining the light to guide us to wisdom. When we get quiet, that wisdom speaks to us, guides us. It’s a fabulous thing to teach our children. It’s a fabulous thing for all of us to understand. 

Have you ever felt that gentle nudge? Often we will try and rationalize away the wisdom. But just like my son, the right decision came with a good feeling.

As a parent I want him to learn about this wisdom now, to tap into it and listen to it as he goes through his life. Particularly as he approaches the teenage years when he will be faced with many challenging decisions. I don’t want to give my son a fish, I want to teach him how to fish.

Thought Bomb Moment: is there a conversation you have had with your kids where you could have pointed them to their wisdom? It’s never too late. Keep talking to them, keep listening to them. Keep pointing them to the lighthouse within. Our innate wisdom is always with us. Maybe there is an opportunity for you to listen to that gentle nudge. It’s never too late.

Be well. Be present. Be You.

Much love,


Wisdom Within

Wisdom Within

Dear You

When you woke up this morning and looked in the mirror you had a lot to say, I heard you, I replied but I’m not sure you heard me.

You whispered: Oh God, look at me. I don’t want to leave the house today. I hate my hair, my face, my body.

I whispered: I wish you could see the beauty I see, you are so beautiful. You are perfect, your body gives you life – appreciate it for all it is and does. There is NOTHING wrong with you. Most importantly, hear me when I say you NEVER need the approval of others to be appreciated.

You said: I’m not good enough.

I whispered: You are more than enough. You ALWAYS were, you are now and you ALWAYS will be.

You whispered: My life is a mess.

I whispered: Has there been any moment when this wasn’t true? Is every single part of your life a mess? Let your mind quiet and look for the good. Life ebbs and flows, this moment shall pass. Most important, stop looking outside for answers. You already have all you need – and you always will.

You whispered: Nobody loves me. I am so lonely.

I whispered: You were created from love. You ARE pure love, you are loveable and so loved. Most important, NEVER look outside yourself for love, validation, acceptance. They are within, there is a limitless supply.

You whispered: I feel so lost.

I whispered: Your feelings are a barometer of your thinking. By understanding the connection between thoughts and feelings you would see that you already have all that you need, it’s innate and always with you. Allow your thinking to quiet and your wisdom will appear, look for beautiful feelings, once you find them your search is over. Just be with those feelings. When you find these beautiful feelings you are home. It is easy to get caught up in a thought storm. Don’t feed it, don’t fight it – let it flow.

Embrace the beautiful, unique, amazing and powerful person that you are. I am always with you. All you have to do is allow your thoughts to settle and listen.

Love from your innate wisdom.

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