Marni Wasserman is the co-host of the incredibly popular show, The Ultimate Health Podcast. She’s also a holistic nutritionist, author, and recipe creator.
I’m bringing back my Positively Healthy Friends feature where I share written interviews with influencers, bloggers, and practitioners who have inspiring stories and advice about finding health and balance (see my previous features here).
This is such a fun way for you to get to know other people in the online space who are doing great things to improve access to important health information. I hope you enjoy this interview with Marni!
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1. What’s your name and business?
Marni Wasserman Real Food and Real Life Nutritionist & Chef + Cohost of The Ultimate Health Podcast.
2. What’s your first memory of understanding the connection between food and health?
My first memory was when I was in grade six and my best friend at the time was vegetarian. It got me really thinking about health, nutrition and food in a totally different way. From then on I became enthralled with eating “healthy” and learning as much as I could about nutrition and food.
3. What, if any, health issues have you overcome? What are the biggest changes that helped?
I am actually just in the midst of some of my health challenges. I have been diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis and I am working through many changes right now. One of the biggest shifts has been changing my diet from being vegetarian to eating more of a paleo diet. This has been paramount in allowing my body to heal and get the nutrients it was deprived of for so long.
4. What is one lifestyle change you’ve made in the last year that you’d like to share?
The biggest lifestyle change has been moving out of a big city. Making the move to a smaller city has been incredible for my health and healing. It has given me more space, time and quiet to focus on myself and my healing. I find I have more time for self care and just a slower pace of life.
5. What are some products that make you life easier? How do you use them?
I have a bio mat which I use every morning. This is an infrared heating pad that has helped to ease any pain or stiffness. I highly recommend. Along the same lines is an infrared sauna – this has been so helpful for detoxification and relaxation.
6. What’s your morning beverage of choice? How do you make it?
7. What’s your favorite vegetable and how do you like to prepare it?
Most definitely sweet potatoes. I love them baked, broiled, grilled, steamed, mashed – really any way! They are so nourishing, filling, grounding and beyond delicious.
8. Instant Pot, yay or nay? If yes, what’s your favorite food to cook in it?
I haven’t used one yet, but I hear great things. If I had one, I would definitely make bone broth! I already do this with my slow cooker but would for sure want to try this with an Instant Pot!
9. Favorite smoothie addition?
Toppings! I love putting texture on my smoothie everything from bee pollen, coconut, tigernut flakes, berries or goji berries. I eat my smoothies with a spoon so this gives them more variety. I also love adding avocado to my smoothies to make them extra creamy.
10. Do you have a mantra or piece of advice you can share with women who might be dealing with a chronic health issue?
Be patient, be easy on yourself. It is too easy to get frustrated with what you are going through. But try an remember all the things that you do have going right, what are you grateful for? What are the positive aspects of your health? I find I have to put things in perspective and do a mental check on how I am so much further along than most people and doing so much that is good for myself. I try and remember this daily.
11. Favorite podcast or health/nutrition-related book?
Of course The Ultimate Health Podcast 😉 I say that tongue and cheek, to be honest without some of the guests that we have had on the show, my health would not be the same. Because of their knowledge, guidance and stories I have truly transformed my own health. As for a book, it’s most definitely a cookbook! That would be The Healing Kitchen, which is loaded with anti-inflammatory recipes and lots of information on healing autoimmune conditions.
12. Any other products or programs you’d like to share?
I am a huge advocate of grain free eating, desserts and tasty elixirs and last year I put out a simple and extremely delicious ebook, A Real Treat, that is full of simple grain free, low sugar desserts and super healing elixirs. It’s a fun little recipe guide to have on hand to make delicious treats you won’t feel guilty about year round.
Thank you, Marni, for being so open about your journey, not to mention all the work you do for your podcast. Marni is truly an inspiration about healing and open-mindedness, and I’m lucky to count her as one of my positively healthy friends. And, now she’s one of your friends, too!
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