Welcome to a special edition of “EAT THIS with Lianne,” where we bid farewell to 2023 and set our sights on a prosperous 2024. This past year has been an exhilarating ride – a blend of rapid change, profound learning, and self-discovery. As we reflect on the wealth of information shared, I’m often taken aback by the depth of knowledge in our episodes. Sometimes, I find myself wondering, “Who is this knowledgeable person?” only to realize it’s me! It’s a reminder of the vast amount of research, compilation, and production that goes into each episode. While some details linger in my memory, each episode is a treasure trove worth revisiting to fully absorb its insights. Is this the effect of ‘menopause brain’? Perhaps. Or maybe it’s just the nature of continuous learning and evolving.
In today’s episode, we’ll not only reflect on the past year’s learnings but also look forward to setting actionable, meaningful goals for 2024.
Our journey begins with a throwback to our most popular episode, featuring Dr. Brockenshire discussing the Vagus Nerve. This episode struck a chord with many for its insightful exploration of how this nerve impacts our overall health. We delved into the complex relationship between the Vagus Nerve and various aspects of health, including digestion, gut health, mental well-being, sleep disorders, and more. Our conversation (ep 86, 12:03 – 15:19) highlighted the benefits of massage therapy in supporting this vital nerve, especially during stressful times like the holiday season. This discussion is a must-listen for anyone looking to enhance their health holistically.
Another episode that resonated deeply with our audience was Episode 159, focusing on the importance of understanding macronutrients. The light-hearted yet informative discussion about coffee and chocolate (19:39 – 20:10) was particularly memorable, showcasing our diverse perspectives on diet and lifestyle.
A turning point in our series was the first interview with Angela Foster in episode 152. Angela, a functional nutrition practitioner, shared her personal journey through postpartum depression and the challenges of perimenopause. Her openness about her struggles and her holistic approach to health was not only inspiring but also offered practical advice for managing hormonal imbalances and mental health issues.
Dr. Davis Brockenshire has been a recurring guest whose expertise in functional medicine has been invaluable to our series. His discussions on a wide range of topics, from the effects of alcohol on our bodies to the complexities of nitric oxide, have been eye-opening. His insights into non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, traumatic brain injury, and the often-overlooked benefits of mushrooms have educated and inspired our audience.
As we close the chapter on 2023, it’s crucial to look forward with intention and clarity. Begin with a thorough self-assessment, evaluating key aspects of your health and wellness. Rate your sleep quality, energy levels, mood, physical activity, and diet on a scale of 1-5. This personal audit is the first step in charting a path toward improvement and growth in the new year.
My personal journey of introspection led me to prioritize movement and exercise. Influenced by insights from thought leaders like Mel Robbins, I realized that waiting for motivation is futile; action is a choice. This revelation prompted significant dietary changes, including reducing sugar intake, which had a dramatic impact on reducing my hot flashes.
In 2024, we’re excited to evolve the podcast with fresh formats and diverse content. Expect shorter, more concise episodes alongside our traditional longer formats. Video episodes will add a new dimension to our content, offering a more interactive experience. Stay updated by subscribing to our podcast and signing up for our newsletter. We’ve got a lineup of intriguing topics and guests that you won’t want to miss.
As we conclude this retrospective journey, we’ve shared not only laughter and inspiration but also invaluable knowledge and insights. As I take a brief hiatus to rejuvenate for the upcoming year, I encourage you to explore our past episodes and absorb their wisdom. Remember, it’s about looking back to move forward, embracing every moment of laughter, every piece of advice, and every story of transformation.
See you in 2024, ready to embark on new adventures in health and wellness, equipped with a deeper understanding and renewed vigor. Here’s to a year of growth, health, and happiness!