This week, we had an incredible interview with eco-entrepreneur, owner of Melody Productions, Director of the Food Heals Documentary, and co-host on The Food Heals Podcast, Allison Melody. Recently, both Devon and I were on her podcast for episode 199: The Secrets to Revolutionizing Your Workouts and Losing Weight Naturally and so we invited Allison to be on Open Sky Fitness to share her own incredible health journey.
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It took me 10 years to discover what worked for me and my health. This was not an overnight change; it was a lifestyle change and it took time. I slowly made discoveries about my health and I'm still making discoveries even today. I'm still ebbing, flowing, and changing when things aren't working for me. Some things work for a while but then I have to shift as I age and the food and production formulations like deodorant are changing." - Allison Melody
"If we deal with the past and we send love to our inner child or younger self, we can heal the present by healing the past. However, we're never done fully healing ourselves; there's always something else that we can work on." - Allison Melody
In this episode, you will hear us cover the following topics with Allison:
"To start focusing on better health, ask yourself, 'What is the most present thing in my life right now that I need to work on?' and start there. Where are you now in your health and where can you go tomorrow?" - Allison Melody
We asked Allison what her top advice was on how to starting living a healthier lifestyle. She advised to begin by focusing on just one thing at a time instead of everything at once and gave a list of what you can begin focusing on today depending on what you're leaning towards the most:
"I am on a mission to awaken people to the fact that a healing miracle is possible. That we can heal our bodies if we give it what it needs to heal." - Allison Melody
The topics she addresses through her work are powerful and heart-centered and focus on Holistic Health, Social Justice, Human Rights and Animal Rights. They reflect her passion for creating positive change in people and the communities they serve.
At the age of 26, Allison endured the devastating loss of both her parents to cancer after long and challenging battles. Witnessing her mother and father suffer so intensely and needlessly from a cure that brought more pain than the disease, Allison soon dedicated her life to finding a better way to heal. She watched in disbelief as doctors prescribed drug after drug, observed her parents’ hair fall out, their rapidly aging faces, and their exceedingly diminishing vitality. The tragedy instilled in her an unwavering passion for nutritional medicine and propelled her into the world of holistic health and alternative healing. Allison’s firm commitment to natural health is further evidenced by her achievement of a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology.
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00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction
1:15 Opening comments with Rob and Devon
1:30 Check out last week's show: OSF 202 - Vitamin Supplementation: Do You Need It?
1:50 About today's guest, Allison Melody, and why switching to a plant-based diet was a life or death decision for her.
2:15 Shout out to our current Sky Fit Challenge that's going on now!
3:10 Sign up starts on June 18th for the next Sky Fit Challenge beginning in July or try out our transition month to get started!
8:00 Why we love our sponsor, ButcherBox, so much and how it can make eating healthy so much easier and cheaper.
7:40 Introduction to Allison Melody
8:30 Allison's origin story, her parents' illnesses, and why she started a plant-based diet.
12:00 The moment she discovered holistic health and natural medicine.
13:50 Why her father wouldn't listen and believe in her lectures about nutrition, holistic health, and natural medicine.
16:00 How her father's death sent her on a mission to help people discover that it is possible to heal the body through natural methods.
17:00 How she was able to forgive and emotionally heal after her parents' deaths.
18:30 The 7 Stages of Grief we go through and how we can emotionally heal ourselves.
21:30 What Allison has learned about what it means to be healthy over the last couple of years and her philosophy on health today.
23:10 How she went from organic food to raw food and then did allergy and blood testing to truly find out what foods are working for her body.
23:30 What it means to have a gluten sensitivity vs. being Celiac.
24:00 Why she decided for herself that the best option was to follow a plant-based diet.
24:45 How she discovered the importance of emotional healing and slowing down from time to time to give herself the self-care she needs.
25:30 What spiritual psychology is and how it can help you heal your mind and work through childhood issues.
27:20 Rob and Devon's own experiences with therapy and emotionally healing themselves.
30:50 How can a person get started on improving their health.
33:00 Her advice to people who think that weight loss is the number one focus on getting healthy.
35:00 Whether or not a juice cleanses and fast is okay for you.
35:25 What has worked for her to lose weight but might not work for everyone else - juicing, intermittent fasting, maintaining exercise.
36:00 Why being healthy is not about the number on the scale.
37:00 How to eat healthy without feeling hungry nor depriving yourself of food you enjoy.
38:00 About her podcast and website, Food Heals Nation plus all the retreats they have coming up!
42:20 Closing comments with Rob and Devon
43:25 Sign up starting June 18 for our next Sky Fit Challenge!
46:00 Open Sky Fitness Closing
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