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Wisdom of the Body

Jan 20, 2022

Listen to Madison Madden, founder of LiveWise and author of Mind Body Food, discuss with Heather how she moved from disordered eating to an intuitive diet based on the Ayurvedic diet principles. She addresses the importance of discerning between good or bad cravings, whether it’s okay to eat gluten, meat or other foods vilified today. She also talks about what food has to do with other types of pleasure and connection humans experience.


In this episode, Heather and Madison discuss: 

  • How a battle with bulimia turned into a passion for helping others get healthy
  • How gluten has been used as a filler in so many prepackaged and processed foods
  • How do I know what’s good for me when I get contradictory health advice from different sources
  • Our relationship with food is similar to the relationship we have with an intimate partner or other people in our life: we have control games, codependencies, fantasies, private activities, hiding relationships
  • The way we relate to food reflects how we relate to our body, to people, to the earth
  • Why it’s so much more than counting calories, protein, and vitamin B we are getting
  • What disordered eating actually means
  • Whether being a dancer fuels disordered eating in women
  • How it’s so easy to carry forward unhealthy behaviors
  • Having discipline vs. going wild - in both the food context or sexual context.
  • Comfort foods being associated with comforting experiences as a child
  • How to relate to desire in a way that’s healthy
  • Why people who live alone may get sweet cravings late at night
  • An answer to the question “What is Ayurveda?”
  • Why each food is neither healthy, nor unhealthy, and why determining whether something is actually healthy requires us to look at how it is being used
  • The relationship between environmental sustainability and human health
  • Our unhealthy relationship with waste
  • How what we choose to eat impacts the environment around us and the people around us


Madison Madden is a practitioner of Ayurvedic Medicine, Sustainability Educator, and expert Yoga & Somatic Practitioner. She is the author of MIND BODY FOOD: Redefining Your Relationship with Food. Having overcome a transformative battle with her own health starting as a child, Madison's story and gained expertise is deeply inspiring and hauntingly relevant to our times. She bridges science and spirituality, health and environmentalism, and speaks to many of the most pressing conflicts of our modern day. 

Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility and the host of the Wisdom of the Body podcast. A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she teaches the Regenerative Fertility Method to support future generations worldwide. Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She offers virtual consultations and programs worldwide.  

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