Born Primal Episode 70: Pompe Strater-Vidal, Transformational Coach & Zen Monk

If you’re looking for a calm presence to help you de stress, and create simplicity in the chaos of your life, Pompe Strater-Vidal has been teaching people for over 35 years how to transform their lives through positive change achieving goals of happy relationships, meaningful work and healthier lifestyles, while connecting to their own inner truth.

She has studied as a Zen Monk, Ordained in the lineage of Kobun Chino Otagawa Roshi, a psychotherapist, a yoga teacher, an enneagram teacher, and a fine artist in calligraphy, mixed media, and photography.  Pompe has impacted thousands of lives through her online mindfulness community, Relax and Breathe.

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Born Primal Episode 69: Susan McCauley, NC

This week, I invited my business partner from Evolved Recovery (our nutrition practice that specializes in addiction) to be my guest! Susan McCauley is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and owner of Evolve Nutrition, a nutrition consulting practice located in the San Francisco Bay area. Susan graduated from Chico State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and after a successful career in finance, she found her passion in nutrition. Susan now specializes in substance abuse and food addiction.     

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3 Tips for Stress Management

Welcome to Episode 68 of the Born Primal Show (listen here!) In this special edition of the show, I share my 3 tips for stress management. Grab a copy of the FREE Guide to Eating for Stress Management: THE STRESS LESS DIET while you listen to the show.


While there is no such thing as “stress-free” living, we don’t have to buy into our culture’s idea of stress as a status symbol. STRESS is inevitable. Your relationship with it determines your well-being.

WHAT IF being busy and having a full life doesn’t have to be run by mismanaged stress? With these 3 stress management tips, you can have peace and happiness in the life you already live without letting stress manage you!

Stress Management Tip #1: Meditate


Meditation is hard! At least that’s what I used to think. Out of desperation, I gave it a chance. What happened was remarkable. A few minutes of practicing quiet each day gave me the peace I had spent a lifetime searching for. That’s why meditation is my first step in managing stress.

How To Meditate:

Find a quiet place where you can be undisturbed for 5-10 minutes.

Use an app like Headspace or 10% Happier to teach you how to meditate or set a timer for 10 minutes and focus on your breath. Don’t worry if self-talk happens the whole time. Come back to the breath as many times as needed.

Remember that it’s a PRACTICE! Eventually, quieting your thoughts will become easier, but the practice is what brings the peace and will manage your stress.


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How to Love Your Hunter-Gatherer Body

Taking a deep breath, I stepped into the dressing room with my nearly 15-year old daughter. I prepared myself to see her stare in the mirror and find every imperfection about her body in the bikini she was trying on. It’s been exactly one year since we shopped for bathing suits. In that year she has developed serious struggles with her body image.

These struggles aren’t new, just more intense as her teen body develops. I remember when they started. She left the house in an adorable dress I told her she should wear.. That afternoon, she got off the middle school bus in tears after a couple of people (boys and girls) laughed and told her she looked pregnant.

She is the oldest of my four daughters which means…this is just the beginning of me navigating my daughters’ body perceptions. I’m not a mom who makes a big deal about weight or scales or how my clothes fit me because I’ve been taught that’s the worst thing we can do when raising girls. I was sure we would bypass all this body image stuff! I was wrong. In fact I’ve come to believe that no girl in modern day culture gets a pass.

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Born Primal Episode 66: Jim Laird, Gym Owner

Jim Laird, owner of GYM LAIRD, has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping clients achieve their goals since 1997. Jim’s motto of “Training Smarter, Not Harder” has earned him the respect and recommendation of numerous orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists.

He has worked with everyone from housewives who just want to look good and feel good, to professional athletes in the NFL, LPGA, and MLB.

Jim has a reputation for two things: getting more results from less work, and getting his clients both strong and healthy


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Born Primal Episode 65: Dr. Jolene Brighten, ND

This week’s guest, Dr. Jolene Brighten, is the doctor who talks about the things no one is comfortable talking about! She is the author of the bestselling book, Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth— The New Mom’s Guide to Navigating the Fourth Trimester

Our culture does a terrible job supporting new mothers postpartum. Dr. Brighten is shifting the paradigm of helping new mothers through the first year after having a baby.

She is a strong advocate for the Hashimoto’s community, with special emphasis in fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum thyroiditis. Dr, Brighten is launching a new program aimed to support fertility and healthy pregnancies for the Hashimoto’s community. She is a regular contributor to several publications and websites and lectures on the subject of postpartum care, autoimmunity, and women’s health to both healthcare providers and the public.


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Born Primal Episode 64: Dr. Don Wilson

As a member of the First Nation People of Heiltsuk in Canada, Don Wilson has a very deep connection to ancestral life. He is a direct descendent of Hunter-Gatherers. He also witnessed the demise of health of his ancestral people after the introduction of processed foods.

He is also a practicing obstetrician and balances life between city living with his four children, two of which are adopted from Haiti, and the farm on which he raises animals.


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Born Primal Episode 63: Dr. Aaron Blaisdell, UCLA

Recent Zootopia movie consultant, Dr. Aaron Blaisdell is currently Professor with tenure at UCLA and is a participating member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute and the Integrative Center for Learning and Memory.

He has previously served as President of the International Society for Comparative Psychology and of the Ancestral Health Society. Dr. Blaisdell is interested in animal cognition and behavior, in addition to how human ancestry and evolution can inform us about our health and well being.


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Born Primal Episode 62: Bobbie Mabe, Growth Through Gardening

If you’re curious about participating in school garden programs, gardening at any age, and the use of therapy in gardening, you will love this episode with my great urban farming pal, Bobbie Mabe. She has a masters in professional counseling and a passion for gardening that she’s blended to create a horticultural therapy practice for all ages called Growth Through Gardening.


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