In this episode Laurie and I discuss genetic testing that is available now to help you truly understand what your body needs to thrive in terms of lifestyle factors, such as nutrition, supplementation sleep, and more!
Laurie shares her story of how knowing all of this got her from a place of being defeated in an abusive marriage to having the ability to walk out and create the life of her dreams.
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About the Guest:
As a Joyful Dietitian, Certified Epigenetic Coach or “Gene Treasure Hunter”, farmer and farm retreat facilitator, Laurie Kaplan enjoys wearing many hats. Her mission is to guide her clients to calm clarity through a deeply personalized nutrition and health-style plan based on the wisdom of their own DNA. By cutting out the noise and confusion, her clients discover what their body and mind truly want to live a super fun and kick ass life.
About the Host:
Melissa is an Integrative Health Practitioner and Master Practitioner in NLP and Timeline Therapy and a Board Designated Hypnotherapy Teacher Trainer, helping people get to the root cause of their health issues and then get lasting results. Melissa neither diagnoses nor cures but helps bring your body back into balance by helping discover your “toxic load” and then removing the toxins. Melissa offers functional medicine lab testing that helps you “see inside” to know exactly what is going on, and then provides a personalized wellness protocol using natural herbs and supplements. Melissa’s business is 100% virtual – the lab tests are mailed directly to your home and she specializes in holding your hand and guiding the way to healing so that you don’t have to figure it all out on your own.
Melissa is the winner of the 2021 & 2022 Quality Care Award by Business From The Heart and is also the recipient of the Alignable “Local Business Person of the Year “Award 2022 for Whistler.
Melissa has been featured at a number of Health & Wellness Summits, such as the Health, Wealth & Wisdom Summit, The Power To Profit Summit, The Feel Fan-freaking-tas-tic Summit, the Aim Higher Summit and many more! She has also guested on over 60 different podcasts teaching people about the importance of prioritizing our health and how to get get started.
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Imagine getting up every day full of energy is if you were in your 20s. Again, what would that be like?Melissa Deally:
What would that be worth to you? What is your health worth to you? Think about it. Your health isn't everything. But without it, everything else is nothing. And yet too many of us are taking it for granted until something goes wrong. No one wakes up hoping to be diagnosed with a disease or chronic illness. And yet, we've never been taught how to be proactive in our health through our school system, or public health. As a registered health coach and integrative health practitioner, I believe it is time this information is made available to everyone. Combining new knowledge around your health and the ability to do my functional medicine lab tests in the comfort of your own home will allow you to optimize your health for today and all your tomorrow's don't wait for your wake up call.Melissa Deally:
Welcome back to a special PodaPalooza episode of The don't wait for your wake up call Podcast. I'm here with Laurie Kaplan. Laurie, welcome to the show. Thank you, Melissa.Laurie Kaplan:
Pleasure to be here.Melissa Deally:
I'm excited to have this conversation with you. And I just want to just do a little intro to the audience about who you are. Laurie is a joyful dietitian certified epigenetic coach or gene treasure hunter, Farmer and farm retreat facilitator. Laurie enjoys wearing many hats. Her mission is to guide her clients to calm clarity through a deeply personalized nutrition and health style plan based on the wisdom of their own DNA. And by cutting out the noise and confusion her clients discover what their body and mind truly want to live a super fun kick ass life. So I love that you're here on the show. Because of course this show is all about health and wellness tips and education and teaching people how they can be proactive in their health. But I'd love for you to share how did you get into this line of work.Laurie Kaplan:
So I'm gonna dietician for a number of decades, so I was home, raising my kids during some other things not working in the profession. And I knew I was ready to go back. So I was looking at different options. In the meantime, I was in a very deeply unhealthy marriage and also knew that needed to be transitioned out of but just didn't feel physically and mentally able to. So I heard about this genetic testing, and I gave it a whirl and what it absolutely changed my life on so many levels. Now looking back, it gave me the clarity of what my body truly wanted. Some very simple changes. And once I implemented those, both my mind and body started feeling better. And it gave me the strength to transition out of severely abusive relationship, which I knew had I stayed in, I might not be sitting here talking to you not to be overly dramatic, but we all know things can be very intense. So the clarity of knowing my own genetics helped me now live, what I wake up to every day is my dream life.Melissa Deally:
I absolutely love that. And I know that you know when people are in very, you know, abusive relationships, that it's hard to find the courage to get out because you're in that place of being beaten down. And that mindset that's going on there is blaming yourself and feeling not good enough, etc. And so it's hard to step out of that. And there's probably you know, in many cases, there's verbal abuse, constantly reinforcing that mindset, right. And so how amazing that doing this genetic testing gave you what you needed, not only in body, but in mind, so that you could step out of that yourself to move forward in your life. And I can see just looking at you here, you're absolutely thriving, you've got a smile from ear to ear that you're glowing. Right? And that is incredible. So I know you call it gene SPIRATION, which I think is a really cool term. Can you just share because there's a lot of genetic tests out there. Some work I'm moving into is going this way as well. But can you just share the type of information for the audience that you were able to garner from that test that you did?Laurie Kaplan:
So the companies I work with? We look at lifestyle genetics as a diet? I don't I know I'm not a doctor. I don't either. Yeah, so we look at all the genetics 700,000 snips so and all the variants and how they express around nutrition, supplementation, which is vitamins and minerals, sleep, movement, detoxification neurotransmitters, and what that allows me to do with with each client is is to design a highly personalized plan around your macros, it takes out the guesswork of what diet should I be keto, should I be low carb, high carb, you know, I mean, I call it info obesity, which is a term my mentors, Ashley cough told me about which is we're just bombarded by all this information of what we should do to look and feel this way. And thenMelissa Deally:
correct wisdom. Right understanding from your body is so powerful, because your body truly knows. And if you know online, there is so much information, as you said, and we don't know what is correct and what isn't. Right. And so that's where it is so important to work with someone who truly knows and to have this information about your own body, which is why I'm such a proponent for testing, stop guessing, start testing, you know, and I run functional medicine lab tests, you are talking my talk, because I look at all of those lifestyle factors like you do. And that's why I'm so excited to have you here on the show. Because I love sharing other practitioners that are doing really cool things with my audience so that people know that they have so many really good options when it comes to being proactive in your health. And you can find the right one that aligns for you. Right,Laurie Kaplan:
right. And it Yeah, the testing takes the guesswork out. And sometimes I do pair additional blood work. Sometimes folks will come with the labs from their doc, and I'll use those or sometimes we want to look at others. And I'll pair that with depending on what they're coming to me for conditions. So but it takes the guesswork out. And then what what, for myself, it gave me this foundation to feel healthy. It's not that I follow it every day, some days I eat the things that I know might not be ideal. But I know I can always go back to this place. And that provides a sense of safety.Melissa Deally:
Yes. And I love that because I teach the 8020 rule. If we eat the way our body wants to 80% of the time, it can handle the 20% of the time when we don't because we don't always have control over the food that we're eating. Or maybe we want to celebrate and we should celebrate right? Joyful, joyful, exactly. It's the when it's the other way around, that the body can't cope. And it isn't thriving, when 80% of the time we're eating, processed fast food, you know, getting lots of omega six oils in and not the Omega threes, et cetera, et cetera, causing inflammation in the body. That's when the body struggles. And you know, I was just traveling this last weekend, I went out to Toronto to help my daughter move out of her apartment at the end of third year. And did I eat perfectly? No. Were we celebrating the end of her third year? Yes. But now that I'm home again, I can just get right back on track with the way my body was eat. And I am today's a fasting day because I'm a big proponent of detoxing. And so I'm just letting my body get into that state of autophagy. So we get to make choices with knowledge, right? If knowledge is power, it allows us to make better choices. In the moment. I get to choose when I'm going to eat really healthy and serve my body so that I can thrive. And I get to choose when maybe I won't. And that'sLaurie Kaplan:
Yeah, yeah, yeah, it gives you the power. I know some folks come to me and they'll say, What am I going to find out and said, you know, this isn't? Again, it's not medical, we're not looking at diagnosis. But it gives you the power to change your genetics expression to influence your genetic expression with the lifestyle that epi genome which is EPI, which is all about our genetics, to influence the genes that we want to turn on, or the ones that we want to dim down.Melissa Deally:
Are you a practitioner or a coach listening to this? If so, I would love to ask you. Do you use hypnotherapy in your practice working with clients? And if not, would you like to the power of hypnotherapy is limitless. And so often we experience our clients struggling to reach their goals. It's because they're coming up against their own brick walls and getting stuck that you can help them through the power of hypnosis, break through all of that, working with their unconscious mind to put the suggestions in to have them taking the action to achieve the results that they want. They are thrilled with your coaching techniques, they're getting the results they want. You feel amazing because you are helping your client get the results they want is a win win. And another win is that it's an added revenue stream for you in your business. So if you like the feel of helping your clients get the results they want. If you like the sound of that, then definitely reach out Melissa at your guided health journey.com or Click the link tree link below for my unlimited power of hypnosis class. To learn more. It's a weekend designation program that I teach valid in 42 countries, you write an exam after taking the experiential course. And you can be admitted to the American Board of hypnotherapy and start using hypnotherapy one to one with your clients, and have them achieving the results they want.Melissa Deally:
And I love that you mentioned that I talked about it all the time. But just to remind the audience listening to this particular episode, that epigenetics is new science that shows us that our genes do not dictate our health outcomes. In fact, they're only five to 10% of the factor. And the other 90 to 95% of the factor is the environment you create inside your body, due to the lifestyle you live. And I love that because it puts you in the driver's seat of your health outcomes, you get to choose Yeah. And now that you're here listening to this, now that you know that you get to choose, you can start making better choices, as opposed to just thinking, Oh, my mom had breast cancer, I'm gonna get it, or my dad had heart disease, I'm gonna get it. Right. And that's a disservice to yourself. And we can change that mindset too. Because what we focus on we get more of, if that's running around in your unconscious mind, you can bring it on,Laurie Kaplan:
that you don't have to write. Yeah, within my coaching program, we do a lot of precision language, Will said, Oh, I did a bad thing. I ate the bad food. And I'm like, no, no, let's let's reframe that. I also do a lot of celebrating with my clients for the little wins. You know, we're so hard on ourselves, we are our own worst critic. And it's just it, we're here for a blip of time. Yes. We can find self love, you know, love the way we're showing up and honor it in the in the best ways, then then, you know, we get to live the life of that we chooseMelissa Deally:
Yes. And you're right, we are so hard on ourselves. And I love to have people just step back from that and give yourself some grace. And if you fall off, you can get back on and make a different choice. Right? Just because you fall off doesn't mean you have to give up and quit forever. Right? Use it as a learning experience too. Because sometimes when you fall off, you don't feel so great. Because your body's like, yeah, I don't likeLaurie Kaplan:
that. Right? I had one client who who fell off and I said yes, let's celebrate this. Now we know what we can work with.Melissa Deally:
Exactly. So sometimes we want to celebrate falling off. And we definitely want to celebrate the wins along the way, rather than just focusing on the end goal. Because we may not ever get to that end goal because along the way, the end goal might change. And if we're just always waiting to celebrate the end goal and not get there then we never celebrate. That's right. That's right celebration reinforces that you're on the right path, and keeps your mind in the game of what you're focusing on. So I love all of what you're doing. This is absolutely absolutely amazing. I love to ask my guests Laurie What does don't wait for your wake up call mean to you?Laurie Kaplan:
Yeah, so it makes me think of had I waited anymore and stayed in the marriage I would not be living this life now of service to others to help others find the clarity through their genetics to then they now they get to do the amazing things they want to do. I've recently taken on a couple different challenges. And I'm not waiting and I may or may not be ready I've I've been accepted in the Gaucho Derby, which is a eight day 500 Kilometer horse race and Patagonia Wow, that's incredible. So that'll be next February, which is amazing. And yes, and I I'm playing drums and a rock and roll band. Very, totally ready what I'm doing. SoMelissa Deally:
if we wait until we're ready, it never happens. Right? Because we are the readiness is confidence. But we don't get confidence without competence. And we don't get competence if we sit in waiting mode until the confidence comes right? So we get the competence by doing the doings we have to start and okay may not be perfect, but every day we get better and 1% better every day is a huge impact on your life. Whether it's drumming in a rock'n'roll band, or whether it's riding a horse for eight days in the derby or whether it's changing your nutritional habits.Laurie Kaplan:
Right, right. Whatever personally what achievable and exciting for you.Melissa Deally:
Exactly. So I love that. Now, if somebody wants to work with you get ahold of you learn more about the genetic testing that you do, how can they reach you. So myLaurie Kaplan:
website is genetically nourished.com. And I also contributed a chapter in a book called expressive origins. That's on Amazon and wherever books are sold. I'm on social Laurie Kaplan, Facebook, LinkedIn, and genetically nourished on Instagram.Melissa Deally:
Wonderful. So I'll make sure all of that is in the show notes for the audience, and any last words of wisdom that you would like to share?Laurie Kaplan:
You know, again, we all we have this wisdom inside of us, we layer it and cover it with the noise of the world. I invite people to come to my farm because it's very quiet healing place. And while you may not be able to visit me on my farm, you're welcome to but find a space where you can be quiet. And listen. And even if you think no, I don't want to hear that. That little voice is telling you something, and follow that thread. Follow that little voice to the magic.Melissa Deally:
I love that. So, so true. And thank you for mentioning the farm as well, because nature has such a powerful healing, or is a powerful healing modality for all of us. It does help us calm, it drops us into our parasympathetic nervous system where that little voice can come out. And better yet, if you're on that farm, and you're grounding, and drawing up the energy for Mother Earth, like walking on the earth in your bare feet. That is what most people need more of in their world today, because we do live in a stressed out world. And we don't realize it because we look around and we see everyone else stressed out. And we think it's normal. And we don't realize what that stress is doing to our long term health, and how it impacts our sleep. It's impacting the health of our gut, et cetera, et cetera. And so you offer incredible opportunities for people to really take charge of their health in so many ways. And I absolutely love what you're doing and want to stay connected more because we are so aligned in our work. And I just want to say thank you so so much for coming on this special poda Palooza episode, and sharing what you do, because the more people who know that this is available to them, the more people who can tap into these resources for themselves. And slowly, slowly, we can put an end to the chronic illness in the world because that doesn't have to be doesn't needLaurie Kaplan:
to be here it is. Yeah, no, it doesn't. Yeah, thank you for having me. Listen, it's been an honor. And I'm excited to stay connected and learn more about what you do as well.Melissa Deally:
Wonderful. Thank you so much. And to my audience. Thank you as always for listening. If you enjoy this episode and know someone who needs to hear it,