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Covid-19

Mind Hacks for Getting Through a Pandemic: Josh LaJaunie on PYP 440

Josh LaJaunie returns to talk about his strategies for staying sane, strong, and fit during the pandemic.  Read More

Embracing Discomfort When You’re Already in Over Your Head:
Glenn Murphy on PYP 434

Glenn Murphy returns to talk about the importance of embracing physical discomfort, even when we’re already stressed out mentally and emotionally. He offers some tips about how to do so without burning out, and shares a 10-minute guided visualization exercise to help us get back in touch with our bodies and spirits.

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What We Know About COVID-19: The Science
Michael Rothberg, MD on PYP 423

Michael Rothberg, MD, returns to Plant Yourself to share the latest actual scientific understanding of COVID-19. We spoke first in mid-March, when we didn’t know much. Fast forward five months, and we now know a lot, but in the US at least, we’re ignoring most of the science and suffering for it. I’ve been as… Read More

Broccoli alone won’t get you to 100:
Marta Zaraska on PYP 418

For the last 7 years, I’ve worked to improve human health and wellbeing by focusing on better nutrition, vigorous physical activity, sleep hygiene, and stress management. Turns out I may have been missing the most important determinants of health – the social ones. Marta Zaraska has written a book that is fun, fascinating, scientifically sound,… Read More

Empathy is Stronger than Fear:
Glenn Murphy on PYP 416

Glenn Murphy returns to Plant Yourself to talk about how we can self-regulate our emotions and actions during a time of great societal upheaval and division. We talk about our own impulses to “fight” with others, and where there’s a messy intertwining of good intentions and unresolved psychological issues. We discuss the physiology of the… Read More

The Practice of Compassionate Self-Care During Times of Crisis:
Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, MD on PYP 411

Dr Bojana Jankovic Weatherly is one of my favorite physicians, double board certified in internal and integrative medicine. She has also trained in functional medicine, nutrition and mindfulness. Dr Jankovic Weatherly is a real stickler for evidence of efficacy, whatever modality she’s exploring or recommending. Which makes her a very reliable podcast guest, especially when… Read More

The Magic of Fiber with Will Bulsiewicz: PYP 405

What’s the most important dietary rule? Is raw better than cooked food? Why shouldn’t I always avoid foods that give me an upset stomach? This conversation with Dr Will Bulsiewicz, author of the just-published Fiber Fueled, will make you rethink everything you know about the link between diet and health. Read More

How to Eat Less During a Pandemic: PYP 402

Lots of us are moving less during this stay-at-home time. But we’re often eating just as much, or more, or more frequently, or worse. It’s easy to say, “Just eat less,” but it’s not that easy to do. In this short episode, I share three strategies for reducing caloric intake without feeling deprived. Read More

Gardening Our Way Through Calamity with Will Bonsall: PYP 401

Will Bonsall is a self-described “back-to-the-land hippie homesteader,” and author of two extremely important and prescient books: Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical Self-Reliant Gardening, and Through the Eyes of a Stranger, an adventure novel that explores what a sustainable society might look like following what he calls “the calamitous times” of the 21st century.  I took… Read More

The Power of Diversity: PYP 397

One of the factors that weakens any system – a garden, a community, a nation – is lack of diversity. Monocultures provide economies of scale, but also opportunities for scaled disaster. A messy, diverse ecosystem is far healthier and more resilient. Today I talk about how we support diversity in our garden, and why the… Read More