Come Wine Tasting With Us: Kate and Rick Visit Michigan’s Famed Round Barn Winery

Kate and Rick take their podcast on the road to Round Barn Winery in Michigan to sample some tasty, tasty wines! What defines a type of wine? What makes a grape special? What is the proper protocol for wine tasting? They are taking one for the team by tasting a bunch of yummy wine in this, the first in a three-part series from Round Barn Winery (spirits and beer will follow). Rick and Kate cover everything from pairing wines with food to the proper temperature for storing wine to the role fermentation, tannins, and acid play in your wine selections. Round Barn Winery is family-owned and specializes in their own brand of artisanal wines, spirits, and beers. You will meet the owners and vintner that make this one of Michigan’s most delightful wineries to visit.

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Find out more about Round Barn Winery, Distillery, an Brewery here

Pics from our trip to Round Barn Winery

Nutritional Supplements: An Interview with Ryan Kneessi

Is it possible to get all of our nutrients from food and not have to take supplements? If we need supplements, which ones do we take? Kate and Rick interview Dr. Ryan Kneessi, a Naturopath focusing on using a holistic, scientific approach to achieving optimal health through exercise and nutrition. Find out the ingredients in supplements we should be avoiding, and what allows a supplement to actually be absorbed by the body. Bye-bye bedpan bullets! (We explain that too).

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Find out more about Ryan here

Making Sh*t Up: Being Brave and Passionate About Cooking and Life

What are you passionate about in life? What does bravery mean to you? Rick and Kate process their interview about recipe creation with trained chef Penny Liley who incorporates courage and joy in her cooking. An opportunity to contemplate how being fearless about your choices and loving what you eat leads to compassion for yourself and others.

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Recipe Creation: An Interview with Penny Liley

What makes a good recipe? What are the traditional ingredient pairings one can rely on? How do you just make stuff up? Penny Liley is here to answer our questions. Le Cordon Bleu trained, Penny has cooked for the drivers of France’s famed Grand Prix as well as schoolmasters at London’s Eton College before shifting to hospitality. From her hotel barge in Burgundy, France, Penny offers her advice on recipe creation using local, whole foods, and her opinion on the difference between European and American eating habits. She speaks brilliantly on why cooking requires being brave and following your passion. Also, listen for a mind-blowing recipe involving arugula!

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Negotiating Food Labels: An Interview with Kristi Churchvara

Organic, All Natural, Free Range - what do labels actually mean? Well, Kate and Rick have called in an expert to save the day. EX-smoker, former processed food junkie and stress diva-turned-solopreneur Kristi Churchvara is here to answer our questions. Kristi is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health & Lifestyle Coach dedicated to helping others clean out their pantry and fridge to distinguish the good, bad and ugly and re-stocking it with fantastic staples while giving them tools & recipes to re-connect with cooking and taking responsibility for their health. Kristi will clarify which are the labels you should be looking for when it comes to selecting your chicken, fish, veggies, meat, and more.

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Slowing Down Fast Food: An Interview with Vicki Shanta Retelny

What's so bad about fast food anyway? How much is too much? Is any amount okay? In this episode Kate and Rick talk to Lifestyle Nutritionist and author Vicki Shanta Retelny about fast food an how to indulge in it mindfully (if you choose to).  Vicki offers great advice about quality calories vs. empty calories, maintaining flexibility in your eating habits, and the ripple effect of how what you eat affects the people in your life.

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Healthy Eating For Vegetarians And Beyond: An Interview with Amanda Skrip

Rick and Kate interview wellness educator, chef, and consultant Amanda Skrip about how to eat healthily as a vegetarian and using mostly plant-based foods. As a chef trained in supportive dietary techniques and holistic nutrition education, Amanda offers sound advice about two of the strongest addictions: caffeine and sugar; the importance of learning how to cook if you’re on a specialized diet; listening to your body for what you’re really craving, and more. Also, learn Amanda’s bonus tip on the one thing you should immediately add to your medicine cabinet!

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Find our more about Amanda at AmandSkrip.com.

Yummy Winter Recipes: Save Money, Time, and Calories

When you lead a busy life, having easy, go-to recipes in your repertoire helps you stay healthy and sane. From veggie quinoa burgers, to root vegetable soup, to beef stew, Rick and Kate share a few of their favorites and explain the tricks to making them awesome. Also, you won’t believe how much Americans spend on eating out every year!

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Download the recipes mentioned on the podcast

Reading Terminal Market: A Monopoly of Tasty Goodness

Kate and Rick take you on a tour of the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Pa. From a mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwich shop, to a specialized condiment stand, to an exotic mushroom stall, they interview some of the people behind what is considered one of the greatest public, non-profit markets in America. The market dates back to 1693 and houses mostly small, local, and family owned businesses; today it is housed in a building originally purchased by the Reading Railroad Company in 1890. And they couldn't leave Philly without making a trip to find the best Cheesesteak in town! Check out their website for details about the market and purveyors

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Links related to this episode:

Reading Terminal Market

Condiment

Metropolitan Bakery

Shibumi Farm (exotic mushrooms)

Meltkraft Grilled Cheese by Valley Shepherd Creamery

John's Roast Pork

Fit to be Tied: Fitness Fads of Yore and Plans for 2017

What would the beginning of the New Year be without talking about your fitness goals?  Well, Rick and Kate refuse to be left out of the conversation. They cover popular fitness fads from Jane Fonda’s work-out to the Shake Weight. They do their best to discuss the differences between exercising for weight loss vs. overall health, but find little clarity. They share their thoughts on their personal exercise ideas for 2017 (one of them will be watching a lot more TV), along with some exercise trends for 2017.

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I'm Positive It's Not Me: Managing Other People's Energy

What do you do when other people’s energy invades your space? How do you protect your own vibe? Have you cultivated the habit of negative or positive thinking? In this episode Kate and Rick talk about specific ways that other people’s energy can affect you. They cover how to protect your own energy, and how to manage the energy you receive from other people including the annoying woman behind you in line at the bank. They end with a simple exercise to protect your personal space as you go through the world.

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Step AWAY from the Snacks! Holiday eating survival guide

In this episode, Kate & Rick share their wealth of holiday snacking experience, including what not to do along with some ideas about what actually to do. We include some great statistics on holiday eating and funny tips from what people with a PhD think we should be doing differently. Oh, there might also be a Dance-Off! We are taking a break for the holidays and re-running our very first episode. Hope you have great holiday season and we will see you in the New Year.

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That’s What Friends Are For: Food, Fun, and Oxytocin

Do you eat more or less when you’re with friends? How do your friends make your life better? Kate and Rick talk about the health benefits of friendship, as well as potential negatives in the form of food pushers. We also make a True Confession about our disastrous eating on a recent weekend with friends. Do as we say, not as we do, people!

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Chef's Table: Have You Seen This Show?

Rick and Kate geek out about the Netflix documentary Chef's Table, which showcases renowned chefs who exemplify creativity, artistic expression, dedicated hard work, respect for nature, and respect for ourselves and our community through our work. We riff on the concepts these episodes bring up, from sustainable farming, to breeding produce for flavor rather than shelf-life, to how ego relates to work and success, to generosity of spirit in our work and life. In this episode, join us as we are inspired by the lives and work of Dan Barber, Francis Mallmann, and Niki Nakayama.

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Mind Your Business: An Exploration of Mindfulness

Kate and Rick begin a multi-segment discussion about mindfulness: What is it, exactly? Why do we care? How do we practice it? From putting space between our thoughts and emotions to endeavoring to live life more fully, mindfulness is a technique everyone can benefit from. Also, an interview with Annie Mahon about her book Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food. Annie helps us understand the concept and benefits of mindful eating (Full interview available on our YouTube channel).

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Resources:

Annie Mahon's website rawmindfulness.com