12 Health and Wellness Podcasts to Help You Live Your Best Life

October 21, 2017

Podcasts have quickly become one of my favorite ways to consume media. I started to listen to more podcasts during the previous election, listening to various news outlets and political commentary shows from NPR and stations like it. As I have become more and more passionate about the health and wellness world, I started to look for podcasts that aligned with these views and would teach me and inspire me. The other night, a friend and I were comparing podcasts and recommending our favorite newsy/political pods to each other, and I realized that the amount of health and wellness shows I listen to has multiplied over the past few months (and now take up more space than those news and politics podcasts). While this particular friend wasn’t interested in my health/wellness podcasts, I have a feeling some of you might be.

Below is a list of my favorite podcasts in the health and wellness realm, touching on food, nutrition, fitness, mental health, spirituality, and holistic health.


Whole30 Survival Guide: Tips for Success

September 17, 2017
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The Whole30 is a nutritional reset/elimination diet that aims to remove inflammatory foods from our diets for 30 days while changing our relationship with food. The Whole30 challenges participants to eat nothing but real, nutrient dense food for 30 days while removing grains (including quinoa and corn), dairy, legumes (including peanuts, soy, and peas), sugars and sweeteners (including honey and agave), and alcohol (yes, even if its just used to cook). The program also challenges participants to change the relationship they have to food by the next two program rules: no weighing yourself, and no recreating dessert-like foods (no pancakes, no cookies, no 3pm sugar bomb. No smoothies either, because it’s important to eat your food and not drink it). Those who have successfully completed the program have seen many benefits, including a reduction in inflammation, better sleep and energy, better performance at the gym, clearer skin, heightened focus, a loss of old cravings. 99% of successful program participants will lose weight.

I am currently in the middle of my third Whole30. I decided to try out the program back in August of 2016, after contemplating going on the program for about 6 months. Over the past year, I have learned a lot—not only about food and how my body reacts to certain foods, but about myself and my discipline in general. I always considered myself a not-very-disciplined person before Whole30, but as it turns out I actually really excel when there are a lot of rules to follow. I acknowledge this isn’t the perfect program, and may not work for everyone, but because I have really enjoyed this program and have gotten so many questions about the program, I wanted to share my tips for success with you all.


Giveaway: A Few of My Favorite Things

July 31, 2017
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Hello! This month has flown by FAST, and I can’t believe the blog is a month old. It feels so natural to be doing this, and I know launching Julie Laufer Official was the right move. I hope that you’ve started learning a bit from me this past month, and I’m so excited for this opportunity to share a little bit more with you all.

In honor of Julie Laufer Official launching one month ago, I’m bringing you a giveaway of some of my favorite things. I’m really excited about all of the awesome brands I’ve been fortunate enough to have teamed up with. One of the reasons I started this blog was to share with you some of my favorite products. I have already received an overwhelming amount of support from you all, and I thought a giveaway would be the perfect way to continue to share my favorite brands with you while saying THANK YOU for this first month of support. I wanted to share why I think these brands are great and why I chose them for this giveaway. These products have, in some way, been integral to my health and wellness journey and I’m so excited to share them with you all. Make sure to read to the end to score some extra entries :).


Find Your Soul: The Many Lessons I’ve Learned at SoulCycle

July 24, 2017
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If you have been following me on the internet these past 2 months (or IRL), you may have noticed my increased presence at SoulCycle (you know, that popular indoor cycle studio frequented by Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga). This past weekend marked my 10th SoulCycle class. I took my first class two months ago, when Bay Area blogger/total babe GOFITJO hosted a free ride at the Palo Alto studio. I’m not one to say no to free, and I had to know what all the hype was about. I had been hearing about these classes for years and and I had made a commitment this year to try more new things, especially related to fitness.

I didn’t know what to expect, and if I’m being completely honest there’s a part of me that really didn’t think I was going to like it (but more on that below). But I tried something new and went to class and I was hooked immediately. I have learned a lot since that first SoulCycle class two months ago. In only 10 sessions, I’ve already learned a lot about myself, about my strength, and about life in general.

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Date and Coconut Butter Bites

July 3, 2017
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While my cravings usually lie on the salty and savory side of things, I also have a sweet tooth that shows up every now and then. We rarely keep many sweets in the house—mostly because Devlin and I both prefer savory foods, but also because I have learned that I feel best when I don’t eat sugar. It makes me tired, sluggish, bloated, and break out. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat sweets though (that’s a life I don’t want any part of).  I don’t like to ignore a craving because I believe it’s our bodies telling us exactly what they want! I also don’t want to load up on sugar and other inflammatory foods every time I’m in the mood for something sweet. My go-to is some in season fruit or a smoothie, but sometimes I want something a bit more decadent. That’s where these Date and Coconut Butter Bites come in.

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Pantry Essentials

June 26, 2017

As I’ve been planning different posts and recipes for the blog, I’ve realized that many of these include a lot of the same pantry items. Rather than repeating myself in every post, I wanted to outline some of my pantry essentials to reference. This way, I’m not talking about the benefits of coconut oil in every post but I’ll have a place to go if you need a reminder or if it’s your first time here.

I also plan on adding to this list as time goes on as I learn more about nutrition and have new favorite pantry essentials.

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Frothy Bulletproof Matcha Latte

June 22, 2017
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About a month ago, I decided to switch up my morning caffeine source. I had wanted to make my own matcha latte for a while but was honestly overwhelmed when it came to buying the matcha powder itself—I had so many questions! How much do I need to spend for ‘good’ matcha? What should it look like? What is the difference between cafe grade and ceremonial? These uncertainties made me put off buying my own matcha for months. I finally took to Facebook for some answers and Brittany of Wight Tea Co. agreed to do make a video that explained all things matcha. My questions were answered, and I realized a lot of people had similar uncertainties to mine!

Matcha is a wonderful alternative to coffee or tea. When you’re drinking matcha, you’re drinking the entire tea leaf and so you’re able to benefit from those nutrients. Matcha is packed with antioxidants and has been known to calm the body and mind, even thought it has almost as much caffeine as a cup of coffee


That Obligatory ‘First Post’

June 18, 2017
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All new blogs need that first post. You know the post I’m talking about. That first post that introduces the blog, why it’s being created, the intention of its work going forward, what you can expect. The one that starts as an ‘about’ page but then all of a sudden it’s 5 paragraphs long.

Yep. That’s this post. I tried to get away with not writing it, but I . So here it is—that obligatory first post.

Hi, I’m Julie. Julie Laufer Official is my official take on (get it?), well, pretty much whatever I want, but with a focus on health and wellness.