You Are All Right Already – Let Your Authentic Light Shine

May 28, 2014
Hosted by Jamie Relei

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News Anchor, Legal Analyst, Author, and Mother Loni Coombs and Style Mentor & Visibility Coach Laura Madden will join Host Jamie Relei on Be Well Bites Radio on Wednesday, May 28th for a show around self-confidence, self-esteem, creating visibility, and showing up in the world as who we really are. Together we will be inspired by the personal journeys of these highly visible women and explore helpful coaching tools to assist us to embrace the mantra “You Are All Right Already” and “Let Your Authentic Light Shine”! This show will not only nourish us with soul food inspirations, but with whole food creations as well! Come hungry for new fun fresh food ideas that are nutritious and delicious! We hope you will join us for Be Well Bites of healthful and helpful information as together we will be nourished in body, heart, and soul! Until then…Be Well!

Be Well Bites: Nourish Your Body, Heart and Soul

Be Well Bites: Nourish Your Body, Heart and Soul

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Be Well Bites is an integrative platform to connect you to wellness through a supportive community of experts in areas that contribute to your overall health and well-being. Enjoy being inspired as we learn together what your bio-individuality calls for to be well. Is your life out of balance? Do you go through your day feeling sluggish? Are you constantly craving sugar? When was the last time you sat down to eat a home cooked meal with someone you care about and without distractions? Has stress at work or at home affected other areas of your life? Have processed foods overtaken your diet? Does the thought “am I living to my full potential?” ever cross your mind? Welcome to your Be Well program. My intention is to provide you with tools and resources that if utilized will assist you to live a nourishing and fulfilling life. Could connecting with us as an active participant on Be Well Bites change your life? Join us to find out.

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Jamie Relei

Jamie Relei

Jamie Relei is an enthusiastic Lifestyle & Wellness Coach who loves to connect with individuals and be part of their journey to be well and live a fulfilling life. Highly qualified, with an education from UCLA and BYU, she also studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, the world’s largest nutrition school, and holds a B.S. in Fitness and Wellness Management. While working on her upcoming book, Jamie has been able to create a holistic package that includes whole foods and soul foods. Whole foods are foods that are kept in their true and pure form that have not been processed or refined and are free from additives or other artificial substances. Soul foods are the elements in our lives that nourish us in body, mind, and spirit; namely fulfilling relationships, careers, physical activity, and spirituality. Jamie partners with individuals to make their wellness a priority and coaches them through the process of finding their own unique balance, resulting in a dramatic improvement in overall wellness for many.

Jamie conducts sessions both telephonically and in person, with Be Well Groups of like minded people, and corporate wellness workshops. Her Be Well Program consists of twelve sessions followed by regular follow up and monitoring of progress. Jamie and her team of handpicked wellness professionals, all experts in their fields, synergize together using an integrative approach to co-create a wellness program designed especially for each individual.

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April 2014

Andrea Beaman

Andrea Beaman (HHC, AADP, CHEF) is a nationally renowned Holistic Health Coach and Natural Foods Chef. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts of 2012 by, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, she has been teaching individuals and health practitioners how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers with nutritional practices that are: • Seasonal, local and organic • Aligned with your environment and unique biochemistry • Rooted in scientific processes and principles • Focused on the physical, emotional and spiritual contributors to good health An energetic and engaging speaker with a talent for imparting knowledge in a loving, joyful way, Andrea’s passion for good health and natural healing is contagious. In addition to hosting her award-nominated cooking show Fed Up!, she has been featured on Top Chef, The View, CBS news, Fox News, Emeril Live and Martha Stewart’s Whole Living radio. She also teaches classes and seminars at a wide range of institutions nationwide, including The Institute For Integrative Nutrition, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, The 92nd St Y, The Natural Gourmet Institute, The James Beard House and the New York Open Center. Andrea is the author of The Whole Truth – How I Naturally Reclaimed My Health, and You Can Too!, The Eating and Recipe Guide – Better Food, Better Health, and Health is Wealth – Make a Delicious Investment in You! View Guest page

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Becca – one of our Be Well Brides - grew up in northern Utah. She went to school at the University of Utah, graduating with a Family and Consumer Science degree. As she was going to school, her career took her from the manager of a costume jewelry store to coordinating parties and weddings. Since she has graduated, she has worked in healthcare marketing for both hospice and skilled nursing facilities. Two years ago she decided to re-locate to Phoenix, Arizona for a fresh start and to meet new people. This is where she met her husband-to-be, Rich. They met at a church function in August 2013 and are now engaged, planning to get married in the fall of 2014. Rich and Becca enjoy working out together, hiking, taking walks, read-a-thons, playing tennis, wiffle ball and PIG and trying new restaurants. Becca currently works as a career counselor and Rich works in healthcare. View Guest page

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Jacy Clemons Boyack

Jacy Clemons Boyack, Founder and Director of The Togetherness Project. After experiencing her own trauma and life-changing trials, Jacy founded The Togetherness Project: a nonprofit organization that helps women rise above unexpected hardships (specifically sexual/pornography addiction and or infidelity of a loved one) by providing encouragement, education and community. Jacy is the author of a popular and inspirational blog, My Name is Jacy, with thousands of followers. This blog is directed at women enduring challenging circumstances and features inspirational and courageous stories from women all over the nation who are successfully dealing with personal hardship such as: health issues, loss of loved one's, divorce, domestic/sexual abuse, etc. Jacy is also a sought after speaker for educational and inspirational conferences. View Guest page

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Loni Coombs

Host, Legal Analyst, Author, Mother Brigham Young University 1981 – 1984
 Bachelor of Science, Psychology
 Minors in Philosophy and Music

 Pepperdine University School of Law 1985 – 1988
 Juris Doctorate of Law
 American Jurisprudence Award – Criminal Procedure
 Moot Court – Jessup International Law Competition

 Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office 1987 – 2006
 For eighteen years Loni worked as a criminal trial attorney, prosecuting cases all over Los Angeles County. She tried close to one hundred trials, ranging from murders and gang cases to sex crimes and DUIs. For three years Loni worked in the Crimes Against Police Officers Special Unit, focusing solely on cases involving the murder or attempted murder of police officers. In 2001, Loni was promoted to Deputy in Charge of the Malibu Office, where she handled several high profile celebrity cases, including Nick Nolte’s DUI, Nicole Richie’s drug case, Kim Delaney’s reckless driving case, Sean Stewart’s assault case, and Meg Ryan’s stalker. From 2003 to 2006 Loni ran the Hate Crimes Division, managing the most complex hate crime cases in the county, and providing hate crime training to law enforcement agencies.

 Significant Cases

 People vs. Andre Alexander:
This was the murder case of Julie Cross, the first female Secret Service agent killed in the line of duty. It took over fourteen years and several agencies, including the LAPD, FBI, and Secret Service, to solve the case. The jury trial resulted in a death penalty verdict. For her work on this case, Loni was flown to Washington D.C. and presented with the highest civilian honor award given by the Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Justice. She was also personally thanked by President Clinton and Vice President Gore. 

 People vs. James Foster:
 The media referred to this case as the “Mini O.J. Trial” due to the similarities between the two cases -- a wife killed after a history of physical and mental abuse, DNA evidence, stalking, and racial issues. After two weeks of trial, the jury convicted the husband of first degree murder. 

 People vs. Danny Khatchaturian, et al.:
 This case, known as the LSAT theft case (Law School Admissions Test), involved the prosecution of three people for conspiracy to cheat on the national LSAT. The scheme included stealing the test at knife point in Los Angeles and transmitting the answers via pagers to Hawaii. After a grand jury indictment, defendants pled guilty to all counts.

 People vs. Ismael Medina:
 The jury found this defendant guilty of trying to murder a police officer and his son in their home. The gunshot wounds left the police officer a quadriplegic. The court sentenced the defendant to multiple life terms.

 People vs. Fred Jackson:
 This defendant received a jury conviction for attacking two women in their workplace, slitting their throats and leaving them for dead. During closing arguments and in front of the jury, the defendant bolted from his chair to attack Loni with a shank. The defendant was sentenced to life in prison.

 People vs. Catarino Gonzales:
 The jury found the defendant guilty of the murder of LAPD Officer Filbert Cuesta and the attempted murder of his partner. In this lying-in-wait murder, the defendant fired eleven rounds at the rear window of the officers’ patrol car, instantly killing Officer Cuesta. The jury returned a verdict of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 People vs. John Hughes:
 This defendant pled guilty to stalking celebrity Meg Ryan and was sentenced to an out-of-state mental hospital to treat his delusion that he was married to Ms. Ryan.

 People vs. Nick Nolte: 
This defendant was stopped for erratic driving on Pacific Coast Highway. He pled guilty to driving under the influence of GHB, a growth hormone drug commonly known as a “date-rape” drug.

 • United States Secret Service Honor Award, presented by U.S. Secret Service Director L.J. Bowron 
 • Women in Federal Law Enforcement Special Recognition Award
 • California Narcotics Officers Association Award of Appreciation
 • Association of Deputy District Attorneys’ Deputy District Attorney of the Month Award (March 1996)
 • American Jurisprudence Award – Criminal Procedure

 Broadcasting Work 2006 - present In 2006, Ms. Coombs left the DA’s office and transitioned into the broadcast world working for national and local broadcast outlets. News Anchor: KTLA Prime News KDOC’s Daybreak OC Talk Show Co-Host: KTLA’s 9 am Morning Show Fox’s San Diego Living Field Reporting: KTLA Morning News and Prime News Legal Analyst: CNN (Brooke Baldwin) Court TV (Jami Floyd, Jack Ford, Ashleigh Banfield) HLN (Dr. Drew On Call, JVM) Entertainment Tonight The View EXTRA TV KTLA Contributor: Dr. Phil The Doctors Radio: Bill Handel Show, Bill Carroll Show, KFI 640 AM Trials Covered: Warren Jeffs Phil Spector OJ Simpson (Robbery) Mel Gibson Casey Anthony Jodi Arias George Zimmerman Martin MacNeil Award: AP Award for Phil Spector coverage on Author "You're Perfect" and Other Lies Parents Tell. The Ugly Truth About Spoiling Your Kids. This call to action for parents is written from the unique perspective of a criminal prosecutor and mother, sharing the critical insights she learned from working with hundreds of young people and their parents as they faced the life-changing consequences of their bad behavior. Family (as of 1/14)

 Husband Stepson 31
 Stepdaughter 30 (married, 5 year old grandson, 5 month old grand daughter)
 Son 29 (married, 4 month old grandson)
 Stepson 28 (engaged to be married 4/14) 
 Stepdaughter 20 Contact twitter: @lonicoombs Instagram: lonicoombs View Guest page

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Catherine L. Gibson

Catherine started coming to the mat eleven years ago while working in the corporate world as a paralegal. She would use her lunch hour and knew it was okay to escape the stressful day and be able to center herself. Over the years, her practice matured and started to change the way she would see things. In the summer of 2013, she decided it was time to further and expand upon what she already knew by completing the 200 hour course of teacher training. Turns out it was an amazing experience that really inspired her to share with everybody who is ready to connect mind, body and breath in order to find their true self. Catherine found her calling with the movements of Vinyasa, and hopes she can inspire students to realize their true potential and to keep their curiosity for wanting more. View Guest page

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Tasha Godreau

Tasha has been teaching exercise classes at L.A. Fitness for 13 years. Her enthusiastic and lively personality has made her ZUMBA® classes some of the most popular L.A. Fitness offers. Are you ready to ditch the workout and join the party? Schedule your in home ZUMBA ® Party today! View Guest page

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Alexis Hedley

Hi, I'm Alexis. I am 12 years old and I enjoy cooking, riding my horses, and babysitting. My favorite part about cooking with Jamie was that I got to work with her in the first place because she's so positive, nice and makes cooking really fun. I learned how to make salmon burritos (I know, it sounds gross but it's not) and for all the fish lovers out there you will definitely love this. You make it by taking a sheet of seaweed, spreading Veganaisse all over it, then you put salmon down the center as well as vegetables like chopped up cucumbers and carrots, and then roll it into a burrito. I would recommend cooking classes with Jamie to anyone. She's a very good teacher and her recipes are delicious! View Guest page

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Amy Honka

Amy Honka is a Professional Life Coach in the Be Well Coaching Network who is passionate about partnering with individuals to create a fulfilling and happy life. Trained through Accomplishment Coaching, one of the most rigorous coaching programs in the country, Amy has discovered her gifts in leadership, communication, and inspiration. She is dedicated to creating breakthrough results with clients to accomplish their personal and professional goals, impacting the present, and empowering the future. Amy’s wide experiences make her a dynamic coach for those who are ready to pursue excellence and life-balance. As an organizational leader, she has worked to develop the vision, management, and expansion of a now highly successful non-profit organization. She has refined her skills as a coach while working in family support; focusing on preventing child abuse, promoting health and wellness, and enriching family relationships. She is a trained musician, performer, and musical event director. In addition, she has served for over ten years as a volunteer in the local and international community. Small business owners, parents, and individuals seek her coaching services to discover possibility, produce fulfilling results, and enhance the quality of their lives. View Guest page

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Bernard Kirk

Bernard Kirk is a consultant in business strategy and implementation. He assists individuals and organizations to improve their performance. It's very lonely at the top. People expect a great deal from you as a Leader in your field, and having an experienced, trusted, confidential advisor has become an important part of a Leader's success. I have assisted Leaders across the world to make a major impact in their areas of interest Entrepreneurs, business, professional, and political leaders all want to have a greater and more meaningful impact on their chosen environment. I work with these Leaders, and together we focus on their specific goals, the right people to do the job, the funding required, and real clear critical thinking. As an acknowledged expert in organization structure and how behavior of both leaders and employees affect organizational output, I assist you and your organization in improving outcomes. I stay involved with you the entire way, from conceptualization through strategy formulation to the all- important strategy IMPLEMENTATION, and HOW TO DO THIS EFFECTIVELY. View Guest page

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Karen Kohler

Howdy y’all! I am not originally from the south, but after fourteen years here in Texas, I definitely call it home. I am in the firefighter wives’ club and that crazy minivan driving, baseball, swim team, basketball, soccer mom in the stands with all the bling! I am an educator by trade and an avid learner by choice. I’ve finished a few half marathons so I’d like to think I can call myself a runner, but I do it more for mental wellness and girl time than anything. I love spending time with my family and friends and am always up for a good laugh. Professionally I have worn many hats and am most proud of being among the top 2% of female business owners to actually sell their company. It was bitter sweet, but it sure was an amazing ride! I received my Bachelor’s in Spanish and Social Studies from a fun little place in NorCal called Chico State. After moving to Texas, I earned my Masters in Elementary Education specializing in Reading and Language Arts at Texas State University and am currently working on my dissertation for a doctorate degree in Reading and Literacy from Capella University. In 2011 I finished my training as a life coach through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). Through the training I discovered the power of coaching as a recipient and am loving being able to give back now as a Be Well Coach. I coach because it fills my "career heart" and my bucket (A great book - How Full Is Your Bucket for Kids by Tom Rath). I champion my clients and hold them accountable for their own dreams and desires. Stripping away the fear that holds each of us back, and breaking down barriers gives me a natural high! Being well isn’t just about eating right and exercising, it’s about balancing this act we call life. View Guest page

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Jessica Lehmann

Jessica Lehmann, MS, RDN, is a nationally recognized nutrition expert. As a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, Jessica is passionate about retraining our palates so that we crave foods that nourish us from the inside out. She believes that balance, variety, and a sense of adventure are the key to a healthy relationship with food. Jessica is a full-time faculty member in the Nutrition Program at Arizona State University. She writes a monthly food and nutrition column called “Foodwise” for the print edition of Raising Arizona Kids magazine, which is in its 25th year of production and reaches over 140,000 readers every month. Her nutrition expertise is often showcased on the national television show “The List.” Jessica is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Central Arizona District Dietetic Association, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, and the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group. She played women’s varsity ice hockey at Wesleyan University and enjoys tennis, yoga, hiking, strollerblading, and dancing in her kitchen with her kids. Jessica lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, Greg, and their sons Oliver, Felix, and Adrian. When she’s not at a t-ball or baseball game or chauffeuring kids around in her minivan, she can often be found at the local farmers’ market, experimenting with new recipes, or making homemade stock. View Guest page

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Desiree Lewis

Desiree Lewis, M.A.P.C., has been in the health and wellness field for more than 20 years. Desiree holds a master's degree in Professional Counseling is a Certified Mind Body Practitioner and Reiki Master. Desiree has expertise in yoga, Pilates, personal training, life coaching, hypnotherapy, Reiki and auriculotherapy. Desiree was featured in the yoga video “Having It All!” A guide for a healthy body, centered mind and enriched spirit, which has sold worldwide. Desiree works as a Mind Body Practitioner in The Phoenix Metropolitan Area. She uses a combination of healing modalities to help her clients realize their full potential. View Guest page

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Andrea Lopez

Andrea Lopez, Institute for Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach Graduate, shares a taste of her journey to becoming a coach with Be Well Bites listeners: “Jamie’s enthusiasm and excitement for Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) got me excited and motivated to enroll. The program has such great energy and provides the tools to become an effective health coach. I love the focus on primary foods and secondary foods – or what Jamie calls soul foods and whole foods. I look forward to continuing on my journey to help people live a healthy and holistic lifestyle and find true happiness within themselves. My intention is to promote health and inspire a ripple effect. Thank you Jamie for introducing me to this program that has inspired me on my journey to live a more balanced life!” Are you interested in starting a fulfilling career that helps inspire and enrich lives and that is so rewarding it doesn't even feel like a job? Click here to learn more about Institute for Integrative Nutrition and how it helped me launch my business and fire up my passion about Lifestyle & Wellness Coaching. To receive potential scholarships and or discounts, tell them that Jamie and the Be Well Connections' Team sent you and they will take great care of you! View Guest page

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Laura Madden

Laura Madden is a style mentor & visibility coach helping women in business gain confidence, create an eye-grabbing presence and bring more style into their life, as the face and spokesmodel of their brand. Laura empowers women to cultivate charisma and an irresistible image, by infusing their personal style and self-expression into their media content, photos, and videos, so they can attract their ideal clients. Women will gain confidence, courage and comfort to be authentic and bold both on camera and off, and in the public eye to stake their claim as an expert in their field. With almost twenty years experience as a model and a commercial actress, Laura uses industry-proven tools, PR strategies, and her transformational coaching experience to help women break free from their shell and self-promote in an authentic way, so they broaden their reach and increase their business. Laura uses a holistic approach by focusing on the whole person, their personal style, goals, and being fully self-expressed. Self-love and acceptance go a long way to allowing yourself to be fully seen and heard as an expert in your field, so you can increase your visibility and create a loyal following! View Guest page

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Jasmyn Nehring

Jasmyn Nehring resides in Columbus, Indiana with her husband Marc and two children, Hannah and Andrew. A southern California native, she received her bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and worked as an administrative assistant in Salt Lake City a few years before quitting her job to be a full time mom in June 2009. She and her husband own a curbside recycling business called Waste Servant in Columbus and she has enjoyed the creativity and challenges that come with a family-run business. She enjoys healthy and creative cooking, spending time with her family, walking, learning about nutrition and healthy relationships and serving in her church community. View Guest page

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Robyn Openshaw

I am the oldest of eight children, raised in a one-income family, so money was scarce. My mother was raised by the owners of a large produce dealership, the Romney Produce Company. My grandparents were always trying to use up anything about to rot in the warehouses. So, produce is what we ate. Dinner for me growing up was simple: a bowl of black-eyed peas with a little vinegar, and some cantaloupe. Or a bowl of chili beans (no meat) and a green salad. Or a baked potato, corn on the cob, and a cucumber. I was raised on whole plant foods, because they are the most inexpensive way to eat! As a teen, I baked my family’s weekly whole-wheat bread supply (eight loaves). I married a guy who is the oldest of seven raised on meat at all three meals. That was our first fight after we got married: “I eat meat every day!” he said. “I don’t know how to make that,” I said. During most of our 20-year marriage, our compromise was that I didn’t fix it–he could eat meat and junk food at work or when we went to a restaurant. He was happier than he thought he would be, with what I fixed–and he liked the health benefits. After our split, he gained 50 lbs. In my 20’s, I had a long period of deviating from how I’d been raised. I’d just graduated from college and had a desk job. Sitting all day, eating a lot of white bread, sugar, and meat, paying little attention to my diet, I gained 15 lbs. and was sick all winter. Our four children came along in less than seven years. All four had asthma from the time they were babies, and two of them were in and out of doctors’ offices and even the hospital. I gained even more weight, once over 200 lbs. I was often up all night with my oldest son, watching him turn blue and struggling for breath. I began to have panic attacks and insomnia and didn’t dare leave him alone sleeping. I felt we couldn’t go on this way and went to my little boy’s doctor, having done the tiniest bit of advance research into asthma recommendations by non-allopathic practitioners. My son’s pediatrician had always quickly prescribed bronchodilators and steroids—out of the room and on to the next patient within five minutes. This time I had a list of questions—for instance: “What role does diet play, and should I take him off dairy products?” I explained that I’d learned that cow’s milk triggers mucus production, and since the lungs fill with mucus in an asthma attack, it seemed logical to me that taking him off dairy would be a good start. As I talked, the doctor’s face became red and tense. He began pacing the room. I thought for a moment he was going to throw his pen at me. This doctor claimed to be the best for what ailed my son—“Asthma is my hobby!” he’d once said. Yet he never educated me about the disease, just quickly scribbled drug prescriptions. One day he mentioned offhandedly that liquid steroids were “guaranteed” to stunt growth if given five times per year or more. As he sent me out the door with my fifth prescription for Prednisone in seven months! “Diet and exercise, diet and exercise! They’re nice, but they DON’T CURE ASTHMA!” he bellowed at my milk question. I meekly put my list away, and became well aware in that instant that what he had to offer was simply this: drugs. If I wanted anything else—anything at all, whether it be advice, alternatives to drugs, information—I would need to look elsewhere. That was an initially frightening but ultimately empowering day. The day I took responsibility for my family’s health. The doctor visits ended, cold turkey, when I immediately eliminated dairy and sugar. We would from that time forward virtually eliminate refined and processed foods and eat a 60% raw, whole-foods diet. I have never fed another spoonful of liquid steroids to any of my children. We would never again need antibiotics. Or cough medicine. We would soon say goodbye to inhaled bronchodilators forever. I studied extensively, and continue to do so, learning so much more along the way than I ever anticipated. In effect, diet DID cure asthma. It’s still there as an inherent weakness, but we are symptom free. No more children turning blue, no more sleepless nights, no more panic attacks and racing to the hospital. I’ve shared my experience with a number of others who have seen equally miraculous results from simple changes. This made a believer out of me, that M.D.s do not have all the answers, that I could find out good information by following my intuition and answers to prayers, and that much good information was available outside of the drug pamphlets in my pediatrician’s office. When I need drugs or surgery, I’m glad the M.D.s are there. I want that to be a once or twice in a lifetime thing, though. I had a good foundation to turn to natural remedies for health problems. When I was a teenager, I watched the events following my grandmother’s and uncle’s diagnosis of cancer—in their 50’s and early 30’s, respectively. My uncle chose chemo/radiation for his Hodgkin’s Disease, caught in a very early stage, and we were all devastated when he died a very horrible and tragic death of the complications of those therapies, 18 months later, leaving behind his adoring wife and three little children. My grandmother, on the other hand, created a tremendous amount of controversy in the family when she decided to treat her very deadly Stage 3 melanoma with an all-raw diet, foregoing the “burning and poisoning” approach approved by medical doctors today. She drank so much carrot juice that she turned orange! But she lived another 25 years, and my grandfather was later told by an M.D. that his own cancer was dramatically slowed for three decades because of their excellent diet. I was heavily shaped by watching these family members’ experiences. At first, the “road less traveled” for my children’s asthma was terrifying. I felt that if I left behind my faith in doctors, I’d be all alone! Surely thousands of doctors can’t be wrong! Over time, I have come to feel the very opposite of that initial fear: the sense of peace and control and faith that a self-directed education provides. Very valuable is the resourcefulness of having a “box of tools” and network of help, to achieve health without helpless dependence on “modern medicine,” huge expense, frightening side effects, and powerlessness. At first, my quest was to save my children from being sidelined in sports by their asthma, or their growth being stunted by steroids, or worse. That was accomplished. Additionally, I lost tons of weight and have remained at my ideal weight of 135 lbs. for many years now, and enjoy optimal energy that I need, for life as a competitive athlete. But, I have come to feel strongly that I was led down this path for purposes even greater than that. In recent years, I have felt that by teaching people about green smoothies to start, and a progression towards a mostly plant-based, mostly-raw lifestyle, I have the opportunity to put my hard-won experience and knowledge to use for an even greater good. I hope my story and what I offer on this site are of value to you, and I would love to hear your success story. Write us at and tell us what happened when you started green smoothies, or 12 Steps to Whole Foods! View Guest page

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Martha A. Ostrom

Martha A. Ostrom is President & CEO of Foundation & Fundraising Consultants, LLC, a firm, established in 1999, and dedicated to the education of Christian nonprofit organizations. The focus is on comprehensive leadership and development skills, leading to organizational health and sustainability, and providing an opportunity to perpetuate and enhance the organization’s lifetime value to its clients, community, and nation. Dr. Ostrom is devoted to assisting others to achieve their own balanced personal health in conjunction with the organization’s goals. Dr. Ostrom believes this is achieved through spiritual, financial, physical, and emotional health education. View Guest page

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Belle Petznick

In working with Be Well Connections, this is “How I AM Nourishing My Body, Heart, and Soul”: *Career: Career is the heart that fluctuates the most for me. Presently, I am working in our family business – Dancing Apache Ranch & Vineyard ( I am in the process of creating my own business too…more to come! *Relationships: Empty nester? Ya right! Does that ever really happen? I enjoy spending time with my children and travelling with my husband, Olen. Right now we are enjoying planning a wedding for our daughter, Alex. *Physical Activity: Hiking and Hoola Hooping are among my favorites right now…and I am not kidding! Call Dez from the Be Well Team if you want to know what I am talking about…great work out! *Spirituality That’s a personal one and my spirituality heart is one that I continue to work on because I have to remember that it is never God moving away from me, but that I have to choose to seek him each day. Favorite Whole Food: Be Well Bites & “Massaged” Kale Salads  View Guest page

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Melinda Petznick

Melinda Petznick In working with Be Well Connections, this is “How I AM Nourishing My Body, Heart, and Soul”: *Career: I was a Stay-At-Home Mom for 20 years, looking to retire in 2011, when my last child would leave for college. With the lessening of my responsibilities in the home, I was searching for something to do. In 2010, the decision to form a family wine label came from the success of our first harvest in 2008 from the vineyards on our family’s property in Page Springs, AZ. This gave me the opportunity to take a lead role in developing wine sales, along with overseeing the marketing, social media, public tastings, as well as future plans for expansion with a wine club and onsite tours and events. I am a community fundraiser and volunteer, starting with the inception in 1992 of Fresh Start Women's Foundation. I was an active member of the Auxiliary Board for 10 years, which I had the opportunity to Chair, and when the Resource Center was built, I helped with the programs and services. Co-chairing the annual Gala, in 2012, was an honor and I continue to be a proud supporter. I’m in the beginning stages of writing a book about my experience with Leukemia, and the subsequent personal changes I made after the experience. *Relationships: I have a healthy relationship with my husband of 25 years. We are now spending more quality time together with the absence of our two grown children. My relationship with my children is changing and maturing as they are becoming adults. My family relationships are also important and I try to touch base with everyone as often as possible. I also have close friends, with whom I keep in touch with face to face and/or phone conversations. *Physical Activity: I’m an avid outdoorsman: hiking, walking, golfing, swimming. I have two very active dogs that require lots of exercise daily, so it forces me to, at the very least, go for a long walk with them every day. I also have a minimal amount of home equipment. And access to a gym, with cardio and weight training. To keep my body lined up, I have added more specific strength and stretching exercises with counsel and advice from a Physical Therapist. *Spirituality I am a Christian, raised as a Southern Baptist in Texas, now worshiping as a Lutheran. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church became our family church when my children were in their early elementary years. It has been an integral part of my spiritual needs, keeping me connected to the Holy Trinity: God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Nature plays an important role in my spirituality. Any chance I get to be outside observing the world, it puts me in direct contact with my higher power, God. I believe in the mysticism of the universe, striving to develop a peaceful and inspirational existence thru meditation and prayer. Favorite Whole Food: all varieties of Kale, especially Purple Be Well Connection’s Testimonial: When I first started with Be Well Connections it was to jump start a healthier lifestyle, with eating 'right' and exercise, maybe an occasional massage. But at our first meeting, Jamie brought out worksheets and questionnaires that had more to deal with my whole being. She revealed she had the resources (and the people) to teach me to purchase and cook whole foods, do yoga, use a personal strength trainer, and develop a career, along with different and amazing massage techniques. I quickly learned that the journey to overall health and well-being was very different than what I was envisioning. Jamie brought out the emotions behind day to day decisions, while teaching me to listen to my body’s needs. It was an intensive first few months for me, as I was in the throes of “empty next syndrome.” After a year of intensive coaching, my view of myself and the world around me aligned with my purpose for being. I started to prioritize true needs that kept me: physically fit-inside and out; on my spiritual quest; connected with relationships; and a fulfilling professional career. View Guest page

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Dr. Theresa Ramsey

Dr. Theresa Ramsey is a practicing physician, speaker, lifestyle expert, author of the best selling book, Healing 101: A Guide to Creating the Foundation for Complete Wellness & a weekly guest expert on Arizona’s top morning television show, Your Life A to Z, as their Medical Expert since 2007. Selected as a Hormone, Dr. Ramsey is a spokesperson and provider for Suzanne Somers’ Forever Health Network. Dr. Ramsey has been chosen as one of Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc two years in a row, was chosen as the Natural Choice Awards winning (1) Top Naturopathic Physician, (2) Top Women’s Health Specialist and (3) Top Best Holistic M.D. in 2012 and 2013. She is also an eHow health expert. Dr. Ramsey elegantly bridges the gap between Allopathic & Naturopathic medicine as she has worked on and appreciates both sides. For 10 years she worked as a Registered Nurse in Heart Surgery and ICU and then transitioned into Functional Medicine in 1996. An understanding of the cause of dis-ease is paramount in her education and inspiration for those seeking disease prevention and reversal. Her focus in her clinical practice is in Preventive Aging with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. 888.970.0077. View Guest page

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Butch Raphael

Executive Chef & Pam Raphael Butch Raphael has always wanted to be a chef and loves to try new foods. Ideas are always popping into his head when it comes to food! Every 'whole in the wall' restaurant worth eating at, has been tried by Butch. He earned a bachelor degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Southern Illinois University and an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He has cooked with Certified Master Chefs, highly esteemed chefs and in kitchens overseas. Additionally, he has done extensive work for Whole Foods Market and US Airways in designing their menus and food placement. He himself is a Certified Executive Chef. His style of cooking is a reflection of not only his classical French culinary education, but his own Asian ethnicity and many years of travel with his wife Pam. His food is very pure and natural. Artificial food options are not included in his food and Butch strives to create a clean culinary experience that has a simple look and beautiful to the eye. Butch & Pam Raphael currently live in Phoenix Arizona with their three children. View Guest page

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Michelle King Robson

Michelle King Robson, Founder and MKR Media LLC, is a nationally recognized women's health and wellness advocate with two decades of civic and community leadership focusing on improving women's health. As a dynamic leader and entrepreneur, Michelle utilizes personal passion to drive innovation and change in patient experience, health care delivery, development of life-changing medicine, treatments and procedures for women around the world. Her constant vision is both behind and ahead one of the fastest-growing, award-winning social health companies in the world today - EmpowHER., which is visited by millions of women (and hundreds of men) every year, helps women take control of their health with condition-specific medical information and access to a dynamic community for people to connect and share stories of struggle and hope. Michelle’s mission is to ensure that all people have access to leading health information and spends her time speaking before women's groups, health care organizations, political leaders, regulatory bodies and the media about women's health and the importance of women advocating for themselves and their loved ones. Michelle is also finishing writing a book around her experience and passion for helping women improve and change their lives. Highlighted media • Interview with Deepak Chopra for his new series One World on NEWSWIRE.FM • Helped develop and currently co-hosts HER Radio, an online radio show airing on • Spokesperson for multiple TV and radio satellite media tours • Spurred community outcry and ground-breaking FDA reversal, finally approving non-hormonal menopause treatments • TEDxLowerEastSide Speaker • Ohio State University Building Healthy Academic Communities National Summit Highlighted Speaker • My Menopause Magazine cover and feature • Fox News TV Show 'Health Talk’ segments • Emmy Award-winning TV Show “The Doctors” • Sirius XM Radio Show “Broadminded” Michelle has received numerous awards and citations, including the 2013 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, being named one of Arizona Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Women in 2012, "Chairman of the Year" from the American Business Awards and named one of the top ten "Most Fearless Women Online and in Social Media." Michelle currently serves as an Advisory Council member for the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, Michelle King Robson also served on the Board of Directors for Arizona Biltmore Bank. Michelle continues to fulfill her mission every day to ensure both men and women are given options and choices about their health. She believes we all deserve answers, validation & support around our health and by bringing trusted resources and women together, we can make a difference in the health and lives of all. View Guest page

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Dena Roché

Dena Roché is the Fitglobetrotter and creater of The Travel Diet. She was bit by the travel bug early on when her parents took her to yearly business conventions around the country and she caught the health and fitness bug when after playing college tennis she suddenly put on weight, had to learn what a calorie was, and lost 40lbs. Dena has worked as a professional travel journalist for seven years and has had the privilege of visiting five continents and countless countries reporting for Fitglobetrotter and magazines like Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Bridal Guide, Robb Report, Great Golf, Spa and several regional luxury lifestyle magazines. In all of her travels she has either maintained or lost weight. The Travel Diet Want the best diet ever? Well it’s the TravelDiet™ and it’s what Fitglobetrotter dishes up best. Done right, travel can be your new wellness plan; feeding your body, mind and soul in ways the Cabbage soup diet never could! Fitglobetrotter is all about luxury travel with a healthy twist. We show you how a great spa can do wonders for your emotional and physical well-being, how to use the world as your gym and how to make smart and delicious food choices around the globe from gourmet dining to street eats. The Travel Diet also explores how to bring your travel self into your everyday life to keep the wellness flowing everyday of the year. The Travel Diet isn’t about deprivation, instead it’s about making fun and smart choices when you travel the globe in luxury, so your souvenir is a sense of relaxation and peace and not an extra 10 pounds. View Guest page

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Camilla Swagger

Camilla currently holds the position of Business Development and Management Consultant with ONYX Drafting Services LLC located in Phoenix, Arizona. ONYX Drafting Services provides drafting and design services to the Petroleum Industry internationally. Camilla has over ten years of successful Business Development experience in the Oil and Gas industry, in various sectors, working both in the Canadian and American marketplace. For additional information; or Camilla has been a huge inspiration behind Be Well Connections’ Be Well Business Program for busy people in the business world who want to lead more fulfilling lives through lifestyle and wellness coaching. After only one week on the Be Well Cleanse, Camilla lost 6.6 pounds, completely crowded out Diet Coke with water and has found that veggies dominating her nutrition plan can be satisfying. She said her “energy is palm tree sky high” and her “skin is clear as can be.” View Guest page

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Erin Tawney

Erin Tawney Impact Success Solutions Erin has been in Professional Sales, Marketing and Management with 3 Fortune 50 Companies: Xerox, Pfizer and Abbott Laboratories. She has also been instrumental in launching several start-up healthcare companies. Erin has 25 years of business experience; she has a passion for igniting potential in others. She is a Certified Coach through Tony Robbins Coaching Organization and is a Certified Color Code Facilitator. With a customized approach, Erin works with organizations and individuals to regain their purpose and achieve their version of success. With experience in successfully leading teams, Erin focuses on creating confidence and clarity in direction while empowering teams and individuals to be their best. Erin is a Success Coach and Change Agent. She is known for bringing a combination of humor, honesty and pragmatism to her work with clients. As a Success Coach, Erin guides her clients in defining what barriers are holding them back and help them see the incredible potential they have already within themselves using tools and strategies to stretch what they are truly capable of achieving. View Guest page

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Wendy Walker

As principal of WENDY WALKER FINE PROPERTIES, Wendy has established herself as one the top producers in the luxury real estate market. She is a powerful negotiator bringing innovative ideas and strategies to each transaction. Wendy’s market knowledge combined with her passion and indefatigable work ethic continues to exceed client’s expectations, proving that personal integrity does bring success. Ranked in the top 1% of Coldwell Banker agents nationally and internationally, Wendy has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions, including: #1 Individual Producer Company-Wide for Coldwell Banker in Arizona 2013, Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite & President’s Circle Awards (Multiple Years), Award of Distinction – Most Referred Real Estate Agent, Arizona Hall of Fame Award 2013, Top Agent Magazine’s “Featured Cover Agent” for Phoenix, Residential Executive Magazine’s “Featured Cover Agent,” Coldwell Banker Customer Service Award & President’s Council, AZ Magazine’s Who’s Who in Business Top Ten Agent, and Arizona Foothills Magazine’s Best Realtor in Phoenix 2011, 2012 & 2013. Wendy is as sensitive to her client’s needs as she is to the subtleties and complexities of today’s transactions, consistently closing 98% of her listings year after year. Specializing in the Luxury Markets of Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Biltmore, Arcadia and Phoenix, her expertise is proven and her client service, matchless. As a result, 93% of her business is referral-based and her sales have totaled over $38 million since 2010. Aside from working hard, Wendy somehow manages to spend time with those who mean the most in her life, her husband and three young children and also give back to the community. She has held an Executive Board position for The Women of Charter 100 for three terms and was past President of Childhelp Wings Chapter, as well as supports many charities and organizations such as Women for Women International and World Help. View Guest page

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Angie Whitman

Angie Whitman, MAPC, LAC, Therapist Working at Family Strategies & Coaching for 3 years now, Angie Whitman, MAPC, LAC, is living her dream of helping others as a Therapist. As a survivor of loving an addict herself, she hopes to share the hard earned lessons she's personally overcome and the hope that is available. Angie is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the state of Arizona and earned a Master's degree in Counseling. She has extensive experience working with spouses, parents, families, and friends of those suffering with addictive and compulsive behaviors; as well as working with addicted individuals themselves. She also works with a team of therapists at Family Strategies & Coaching who are certified to administer the LifeSTAR program which deals specifically with sexual compulsivity and codependency. View Guest page

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