The Refined Hippie

Holistic nutrition, health, and plant-based living for the mind, body, spirit, and environment!

When we go down a holistic healing path we're often confronted with some serious revelations. Much of what we learn conflicts with everything we thought we knew.

On this episode we explore the 10 lessons we learn when trying to heal ourselves or our families. It was inspired by an article I read in Pathways, a magazine that is all about empowering families to step into their own path to wellness, "regenerating and transforming ourselves, our families, our communities and our world." The author of the article highlights the lessons she learned through the process of trying to heal her kids. These are important things I learned as well that helped open my eyes to the current healthcare paradigm. 

Pathways Magazine

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TRH IG: @therefinedhippie

On this episode we bring back a past guest, Kristen Bowen and chat all about journaling. Kristen has seen profound benefits journaling, not only mentally but physically too. 

We get into all things journaling including:

  • magnesium burn rate
  • how to best hold onto minerals in the body
  • why journaling is such a powerful tool
  • best notebooks and pens for journaling
  • Kristen’s journaling story
  • journaling for mental health and depression
  • how journaling looks different to everyone
  • scientific studies 
  • burn journal
  • the legacy a journal can leave
  • first steps to get into journaling
  • exposing our subconscious and internal dialogue
  • The Art of Journaling course
  • The Artist’s Way book
  • famous people who journaled 

Living the Good Life Naturally


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For the past century cannabis has been demonized. Prior to that, it was revered for thousands of years as one of the most powerful plants on the planet. 

On this episode we get into all things cannabis with John Malanca, the founder and CEO of United Patients Group, an unparalleled resource and trusted leader in medical cannabis for physicians, pharmacists, patients, their families, and governments, both nationally and globally. 

John has been the go-to expert and trusted professional in education and information in medical cannabis and the health and wellness sector since 2011.

We chat about all things cannabis as well as:

  • the endocannabinoid system
  • John's life experience that prompted him to create UPG
  • the different cannabinoids 
  • why it's not a one size fit all
  • government issues 
  • success stories
  • what to look for in choosing a cannabis product
  • different ways to consume cannabis
  • hemp CBD
  • John's experience going plant-based 
  • infrared saunas
  • benefits of sweating
  • microdosing
  • plant based medicines
  • the v word
  • and some other juicy topics

United Patients Group

UPG IG: @unitedpatientsgroup

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My IG: @therefinedhippie

Oh, my lovely friend, how I've missed you! The podcast is back! But where have I been? On this episode I share why I took an extended break podcasting AND from social media! 

I also discuss:

  • Health issues I've faced
  • Counseling 
  • Faith over Fear
  • Trauma from my past triggering dis-ease 
  • Impact of my parents divorce and moving
  • What to expect from the podcast for the season


On this episode we chat with Integrative Wellness Coach, Carly Reeder, all about her path to true health and wellness.

Like many of us, Carly has had her own healing journey. It all began in college, drinking too much alcohol, smoking cigarettes, eating fast food late night, and living an overall unhealthy life as a means to cope with stress (which is sadly all too common on American college campuses). Soon she was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and developed tremors, prompting doctors to prescribe her with anti-anxiety and anti-depression pharmaceuticals. But the pills didn't get to the root cause and her health continued to fail. 

Everything shifted after Carly started practicing yoga, opening up a whole new world and changing her life forever! It was then that the long journey to healing began. For the next decade she would study yoga, pilates, massage therapy, and Ayurvedic nutrition, along with discovering the best ways to deal with stress and truly nourish the person as a whole - mind, body, and spirit. 

Topics Include:

  • anxiety
  • discovering yoga 
  • stress psychology
  • psychological response to stress
  • how to destress the body
  • mind over medicine
  • why hustling can be bad for our health
  • yin and yang energy
  • is it adrenal fatigue or a stress storm
  • pillars of ayurveda
  • what is dinacharya
  • evening routines
  • oil pulling
  • glyphosate
  • what’s with wheat?
  • toxins in the home and water
  • and more! 

Carly's Book: Stress Free For Life: A Female Professional’s Guide to Health and Wellness

Wholistic Wellness Works

Carly IG: @Wholistic_Wellness_Works

IG: @therefinedhippie

Udo Erasmus is best known for introducing the world to the benefits of healthy oils, being the co-founder of Udo’s Choice, a line you’ve probably seen at Whole Foods or any other health food store around the world. He’s the author of several books including Fats that Heal, Fats the Kill, which has sold over 250000 copies. Udo has taught at events hosted by Tony Robbins and Deepak Chopra, and has traveled to over 30+ countries, conducting thousands of live presentations, media interviews, and staff trainings, impacting 24 million lives with his message on oils, health, peace, nature, and human nature. 

Today's episode we chat with Udo about his upbringing as a child of war during WWII and his experience getting poisoned by pesticides, leaving doctors at a loss regarding treatment. This promoted him to take his health into his own hands. As he began researching he discovered a new passion that forever changed his life.

We also get into more philosophical topics including what he calls 'Thirst of the Heart', healing the ache deep inside, human nature, and creating a foundation for health and peace.

Topics Include:

  • Udo's story as a child of war
  • Pesticide poisoning
  • Deficiencies
  • Essential nutrients
  • Finding your passion
  • Getting Still
  • Meditation
  • Thirst of the Heart 
  • Discovering peace within the boredom
  • Reconnecting to ourselves
  • The issues with fish
  • EPA, DHA, and ALA
  • Cod liver oil
  • flax oil versus fish oil

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Udo's IG: @udoerasmus

The Refined Hippie IG: @therefinedhippie

Our society has become extremely detached from Mother Earth. Never in the history of humanity have we spent such little time outdoors. But it's not just about the physical connection, we're less connected to the planet spiritually as well. 

On this episode we chat with Earth Healing Expert, Amy Dempster, on how we can connect back to and tune into the spirits and energies of the world. We discuss her story and how a series of unusual encounters with hawks led to her spiritual awakening, prompting to leave her corporate job and life in the suburbs to move to Montana.

Topics Include:

  • connecting with and tuning into the spirits and energies of the earth
  • energy vortexes versus cities of light
  • healing chakras of certain areas
  • spirits of the land (keeps of the land, ancestors of the land)
  • tree communication
  • ghosts and haunted places 
  • the process of crossing over
  • and more!

Amy's IG: @followinghawks

IG: @therefinedhippie

Creating an organic vegetable garden has been something I’ve dreamt about doing for years and that dream is finally coming true! But as anything worth doing, it takes time and work. On this episode I chat all about starting my organic garden and what I’ve learned along the way. 

Topics Include:

  • Why I want a vegetable garden
  • irradiated food - is it healthy?
  • What is OMRI organic soil designation
  • finding the right organic soil
  • wood for raised garden beds
  • weed barrier
  • composting
  • What produce I want to plant


On this bonus episode I chat all about the phenomenal benefits of grounding, or earthing! This simple technique has been shown to reduce inflammation and chronic pain, improve cardiovascular health, reduce depression and anxiety, and more. But what is it exactly? 

Topics Include:

  • what is grounding/earthing?
  • "Vitamin G"
  • why we are no longer connected to the Earth
  • types of grounding
  • scientific studies
  • thermography 
  • how to tell if your house is grounded
  • grounding equipment


Audio Clip in this episode is from the documentary The Earthing Movie, which is available on YouTube for free! 

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Eggs are synonymous with breakfast. Many people think they're a "healthy" choice to start the day, but are eggs really a health food? The USDA doesn't think so, as documents reveal the agency informed the egg industry against using the terms like "health" or "safe" when promoting eggs because it violates rules against false and misleading advertising. On this episode we crack the egg wide open, examining the research, the conflicting information, and what it all says. 

Topics include:

  • Eggs and Gut Bacteria
  • Mucus formation
  • TMAO
  • Cholesterol
  • HDL and LDL
  • Eggs and Heart Disease
  • Egg industry banned from using the word "healthy" or "safe" in advertising
  • Eggs and Cancer 
  • Moral Issues
  • Egg Industry
  • Backyard chickens
  • Data manipulation
  • What to eat for breakfast


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