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How Food Can Fix Your Mood With Heather Lounsbury

By January 11, 2015January 31st, 20249 Comments

 “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of the disease.”

Thomas Edison

If we want to repair our broken health care system and move culture towards true, long-term sustainable wellness, then medicine must embrace a a new approach to healing. An approach that’s so new, it’s old.

Less reductive, more holistic.
Less diagnose & prescribe and more all-encompassing, functional and preventive.

Let’s kick start that conversation. This week’s guest is nutritionist, acupuncturist, herbalist, Reiki Master and expert Chinese Medicine practitioner  Heather Lounsbury, author of Fix Your Mood with Food*.

Although she gave up meat nearly 30 years ago for ethical reasons, Heather was a junk food vegetarian with zero interest health until hers hit the skids. Moody and constantly fatigued, she began experimenting with nutrition and was astonished to discover the extent to which she could modulate her physical and emotional vitality relative to the types of foods she would eat. This realization lead Heather to pursue graduate degrees in nutrition and Chinese medicine. Today Heather is a well respected clinical practitioner with over a decade of experience treating patients with a wide variety of mental, emotional and physical issues.

Her basic message? Live natural. Live well. Food has a far greater impact than we recognize on not only our physical health but on our mental and emotional health as well. Not only can proper diet (amplified by additional holistic healing measures) alleviate stress and elevate your mood naturally, it can prevent and often reverse a wide variety of chronic infirmities, including heart disease, elevated cholesterol, digestive issues, diabetes (diabesity!) and more.

Over the course of our conversation we discuss:

How pain and digestive disorders can be holistically managed and alleviated;
How holistic healing practices can be used to treat mental health & addiction issues;
The importance of progress over perfection;
The role and function of certain herbs on physiological functions;
Primer and origin of food allergies;
Thoughts on GMO’s, Omega- 3 EFA’s & Supplementation; and
Addressing the social barriers that impede healthy eating.

Lots of good stuff to chew on this week. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Peace + Plants,


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Production, music & sound design by Tyler Piatt. Additional production by Chris Swan. Graphic art by Shawn Patterson. Thanks boys!


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  • viii_ball says:

    Rich, another great podcast. About 2/3 of the way through you guys are talking about how depleted the soil is and you mention a doctor in DC. I think you said their name was Robin Shucan but obviously I heard it wrong as I cannot find anyone by that name. I am in DC and looking for an integrative heath professional. Could you let me know who this person is?

  • richroll66 says:

    It’s Robynne Chukan:

  • viii_ball says:

    Much thanks. Love the podcast. Wish you’d come back to the DC Vegfest so I can meet you in person

  • Tommy F says:

    Imagine a world, where health practitioners like Heather were the norm. You have an ailment and an arsenal of lightly intrusive remedies are presented to you. Instead we have physicians reaching for their prescription pads in the first few minutes with a patient, or suggesting surgery as a first resort. People get out-of-alignment in life. They need a little help reclaiming their body’s balance. A health practitioner should utilize the least intrusive methods available, to steady the patient and allow their body to heal “naturally” on it’s own. We need more Heathers!! Another stellar podcast Rich!

  • Shari Coskey says:

    Hey Rich, what a great start to the new year. Deeply appreciative for this interview in particular. This is just the medicine that I needed and hope to meet her in person soon. Much love to you and Julie.

  • Meg says:

    One of my favorite RR podcasts to date! Packed with excellent information. Coincidentally, I just started acupuncture for joint pain associated with lupus, and I am loving it! More like this please!!

  • Michelle Harvey says:

    Great podcast! One of my favourites. I have purchased Heathers book and look forward to reading it. I was wondering if you were going to add to the banner add now that it is available? I get redirected here now so I am not sure if you get the support from this.

  • Jill says:

    Fantastic podcast Rich! I clung to every word…Heather just sounds like such an amazing person and practitioner. I have been getting acupuncture now for over a year and I started every week to heal painful bladder syndrome. Its amazing. thanks!

  • Sandra says:

    Just finished this episode and it BLEW MY MIND!!! Big hug to Heather and you from Italy ❤

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