The Joyous Health Podcast

The Joyous Health Podcast Podcast

The Joyous Health Podcast is here to bring a dose of joy to your day, maybe a few laughs and some healthy inspiration as we explore food and nutrition, well-being, beauty, family and entrepreneurship. Hosted by the husband and wife team behind the internationally recognized health and wellness brand, Joyous Health — Joy McCarthy, a holistic nutritionist and two-time bestselling author and Walker Jordan, an entrepreneur, photographer and pizza-coffee-car-lover.

40: Setting Boundaries and Honouring Vulnerability with Indigenous Healer Asha Frost
Todays’ episode features Joy’s ‘absolutely magical conversation’ with Indigenous Healer and Mentor, Asha Frost. Asha is the Founder of Sacred Membership, a global online medicine circle community who has served thousands of people over the past two decades as a native healer and homeopath teacher and leader. In committing to a journey to reclaim and remember her roots and medicine teachings, Asha specializes in helping people heal when they experience illness, mental and emotional disorders, and ancestral d...

39: Hannah Sunderani of Two Spoons: Living the French Way and Being Plant-based
You are all in for a treat today as Two Spoons plant based food blogger Hannah Sunderani joins her on the podcast for a fun and fascinating conversation. Hannah’s recipes are truly ‘drool worthy’ without being overly complicated, and her vibrant energy is certain to bring a smile to anyone’s face. In addition to her blog, Hannah’s other achievements include, but are definitely not limited to, being an editor at ‘feedfeed’, a contributor to ‘Best of Vegan’, and having her recipes appear in ‘Thrive’, ‘Simply ...

38: How to Thrive as a Couple with Psychotherapist Allison
Walker and Joy welcome Allison Villa, an amazing relationship expert and registered Psychotherapist who specializes in keeping couples thriving throughout parenthood, to the podcast today. Allison teaches busy couples to live with intention and to use simple time-efficient strategies to connect with each other. She has a great deal of relationship information and advice to offer not just to listeners, but, as you will hear, to Joy and Walker as well.   In the discussion today, Allison identifies the prime i...


37: Create Positive Change in your Life Through Meditation with Jeff Warren
The man who single handedly got Joy hooked on meditation, Jeff Warren, joins her for a very special episode today. Jeff is a meditation instructor, journalist, and author with a dynamic and accessible teaching style whose mission in life is to empower people to take responsibility for their own mental health. He is honest, funny, and, above all, passionate about destigmatizing meditation with his much more relaxed approach, and his mediation instruction continues to be a blessing to Joy while journeying thr...

36: Stressed, Tired and Ready for Change with Dr. Lisa Weeks
Joy is extremely excited to welcome Dr. Lisa Weeks to the podcast today for an in-depth look at stress. Lisa is a practicing Naturopathic Doctor who has acted as a Consulting Medical Advisor to one of the largest North American distributors of natural health products where she educated and trained other practitioners. She is also the proud mother of a toddler, and currently co-hosts the ‘Perimenopausal Mamas’ podcast. Lisa works with people of all ages, from infants to seniors, and she strongly believes tha...

35: Demystifying Autoimmune Diseases with Brett Hawes
Joy’s former teacher, Brett Hawes, joins her on today’s podcast to talk about autoimmune disease. Brett is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Holistic Nutritionist who has been a member of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition faculty for 12 years, currently as a student clinic adviser. He runs an online clinic with a focus on complex and chronic digestive issues, hormone health, and autoimmune disease, and is the host of the highly rated ‘Holistic Health Masterclass’ podcast. Brett has a wealth...


34: The Power to Rewire Your Brain with Positive Affirmations
Anna Lozano & Lindy Sood, the power duo behind the Loved Powered Family, are Joy’s special guests today. Anna and Lindy are friends, soul sisters, and mom entrepreneurs on a mission to spread love and teach mindfulness through the POWER of I AM - without the woo. They are also the creators of Love Powered affirmation cards, one of which Vienna selects each day for Joy and her family to read and talk about – they are great conversation starters. Anna and Lindy begin by sharing their experiences with, and les...

33: 10 Years, 10 Lessons - Insights from the Last Decade of Entrepreneurship
In this episode, entrepreneurs Joy and Walker share ten lessons we’ve learned over the ten years (and counting!) of running Joyous Health, a healthy lifestyle brand of cookbooks, natural and organic body care and hair care products.  Episode Highlights: Start before you're ready not when the time is perfect. Focus on progress not perfection. Stop delaying, start making progress! Build value and trust before building sales. Create opportunities even when it's uncomfortable because opportunity is just on the...

32: How to Have More Powerful Conversations with Stuart Knight
You are all in for a treat today as our good friend, Stuart Knight, joins us for the best conversation you’re ever going to hear. Stuart is an award winning entrepreneur, a critically acclaimed author of two books, an expert panelist on numerous television shows, and the host of a hit radio show. He also has a sought after podcast and has over twelve thousand people from around the world tuning in each week to watch his thought provoking videos online. He is a disrupter, thought leader and maverick, who has...


31: Julie Daniluk - The Anti-inflammatory Queen
And we’re back! After a bit of a longer break between seasons – with Vienna home from school during the pandemic – we are eager to jump into yet another amazing season packed with inspiring individuals ready to share their wisdom and enthusiasm with all of us - and we couldn’t ask for a better guest to start this new season. Julie Daniluk is not only our very good friend, but she is also a nutritionist, a best selling author, a TV personality who hosts her own show ‘Healthy Gourmet’, and has also appeared o...

030: Understanding Emotional Eating with Rachel Molenda
As an intuitive eating nutritionist, host of the ‘Fill Your Cup’ podcast and online Quarantine Dance Parties, and ‘stress eating expert’, Rachel Molenda’s mission is to help women obsess less with food and their body and to work with them to find their own unique, effortless, enjoyable and healthy way of eating. Rachel’s knowledge on emotional/stress-eating and sage advice are perfectly timed as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. She not only describes her own battle with food ove...

029: Managing Anxiety & Cultivating Positivity
In this episode, Walker and I share how we are managing work, parenting and life in general during COVID-19. We share the strategies we are using to help manage anxiety and cultivate positivity. It's something that we are taking actionable steps towards every day. Some days I feel like we are slaying it and there are moments I am in tears -- but through it all, we are staying connected virtually to family and friends and to each other.    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS Be cautious of information overload Turn off no...


028: Natural and Positive Parenting with Dr. Kat & Adrian
Let’s face it, we’ve all had moments where we feel like we just don’t know what we’re doing as parents, and Walker and I tend to figure things out as we go along. But we don't have all the answers and that’s precisely why we are so excited to have Family Coaches and Parenting Experts, Dr. Kat & Adrian Kremblewski, join us on today’s show.    These two dynamic individuals are parents themselves who have read all the books and done all the research regarding parenting that the rest of us just never have the t...

027: A Story of Courage, Perseverance and Commitment with Emilia Wisniewski
From her arrival in Canada as a child, not speaking a word of English, through many stress filled years of employment in other fields, to recognizing her true passion and putting in the countless hours of education and work to finally realize her dream, Emilia’s story is one of courage, perseverance, and commitment that we know you will find as inspiring as it is informative.  Join us for our chat with Emilia Wisniewski as she recounts her fascinating journey along the road to starting and running her remar...

026: Own Your Anxiety with Julian Brass
We couldn’t be more excited about our guest this week, Julian Brass, the international keynote speaker, corporate workshop facilitator, certified health coach, yoga instructor, investor, and author of ‘Own Your Anxiety – 99 Simple Ways to Channel Your Secret Edge’. Julian lives to inspire people, and that is precisely what he does in this episode as he shares his fascinating personal story and offers practical tools and strategies to help us ‘own our anxiety so we can own our lives’. If you are looking to t...


026: Own Your Anxiety with Julian Brass
We couldn’t be more excited about our guest this week, Julian Brass, the international keynote speaker, corporate workshop facilitator, certified health coach, yoga instructor, investor, and author of ‘Own Your Anxiety – 99 Simple Ways to Channel Your Secret Edge’. Julian lives to inspire people, and that is precisely what he does in this episode as he shares his fascinating personal story and offers practical tools and strategies to help us ‘own our anxiety so we can own our lives’. If you are looking to t...

025: The Problems With the Birth Control Pill and Hormonal Healing with Sam Gladish
Today, I’m so excited to welcome my very good friend, and host of the ‘Healthy Hormones for Women Podcast’, Samantha Gladish, to the show. In addition to hosting her podcast, Samantha is a holistic nutritionist, weight loss coach, hormone ‘fixer upper’, and an author as well who has generously taken time out of her extremely busy schedule to discuss her remarkable ‘healing journey’ toward becoming a nutritionist, and to share her vast amount of knowledge and experience in the area of women’s nutrition and h...

024: Dan Schawbel - Not Having Your Phone is the New Vacation
We are incredibly excited to have Dan Schawbel, New York Times Bestselling author, global keynote speaker, and career and workplace expert on the podcast today share so many knowledge bombs. He explains how we can create better connections in the age of isolation. We get into talking about the light and dark side of technology, why everyone thinks millennials are lazy (spoiler - they are not) and how we can use technology as a bridge to relationships and not let it be a barrier between you and the relations...


023: Alain Menard - The Dirty Secrets Behind The Beauty Industry
Natural health industry trailblazer, Alain Ménard, joins us on today’s episode to share the remarkable tale of how he and his wife courageously changed their life missions to helping people live healthier and more natural lives by starting The Green Beaver Company.  As Alain’s story unfolds, you will marvel at his extensive scientific knowledge, you will be shocked by what you learn about conventional products and the companies that make them, but most of all you will be inspired by the passion and commitme...

022: Marni Wasserman - A courageous transition from veganism to living life to the fullest
We are incredibly honoured and excited to welcome Podcast Royalty to the show as nutritionist, chef, author, co-host of The Ultimate Health Podcast, and very pregnant Podcast Queen, Marni Wasserman, joins us for today’s episode. Marni’s journey through the world of food and nutrition is a fascinating one, and she shares many details of it with us, including a courageous transition which has impacted both her personal and professional life considerably. Not only is Marni a great friend of ours, but her podca...

021: Stepping out of your comfort zone & embracing self-love with Raia Carey
I cannot think of a better person to kick off season 3 of the Joyous Health Podcast than Raia "Coach" Carey! I met her last year at an event I was speaking at, she was the panel host. She has a confident and magnetic personality and she's also warm and super personable. She's been through many triumphs and tribulations to get where she is at today and Walker and I were incredibly inspired by her.  From being bullied to being the bully, overcoming racism, losing 300lbs and So. Much. More. It was a ton of fun...


020: The Making of the Joyous Cookbook
The countdown is on for the Joyous Cookbook because it comes out on December 31st and we couldn't be more excited about it! Walker and I are thrilled to bring you this cookbook but there was a lot of work and hustling to get this book done. In this episode, we take you behind the scenes of bringing it to life.  IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS Why we created the joyous cookbook and who it's for How I developed the recipes and the inspiration behind them like Walker's grandmother Mamabea The process of shootin...

019: Understanding The Impact Of Purchasing Superfoods
This past September, you might remember our Joyous Night At The Movies event in Toronto where Joyous Health partnered with The Superfood Chain to preview this incredible documentary! I have been working with the team at Fathom Film Group (who are the people responsible for bringing The Superfood Chain documentary to life) for the past year because I strongly believe the message they are sharing needs to get out to the masses. It's why we brought Ann Shinn, the filmmaker behind The Superfood Documentary, to ...

019: Understanding The Impact Of Purchasing Superfoods
This past September, you might remember our Joyous Night At The Movies event in Toronto where Joyous Health partnered with The Superfood Chain to preview this incredible documentary! I have been working with the team at Fathom Film Group (who are the people responsible for bringing The Superfood Chain documentary to life) for the past year because I strongly believe the message they are sharing needs to get out to the masses. It's why we brought Ann Shinn, the filmmaker behind The Superfood Documentary, to ...


018: Navigating Miscarriage: Guilt, Loneliness & Healing
This is a deeply personal episode and one that we've been putting off talking about on the podcast for a while. Sharing this story on the blog back in 2018 was very therapeutic in my own healing journey but talking about it out loud with the world was a whole other ball game. However, we decided we should share our experience on the podcast because we feel that it's our duty to talk about something that people don't like to talk about. And because we know there's someone like you out there who's been throug...

017: Conversations with Joy & Walker (Vol. 1)
017: Conversations with Joy and Walker (Vol. 1) Like many things in life, you just gotta show up! That's exactly what we did in this episode. Walker's computer crashed last week and I was travelling, so we not only lost a lot of highly important files, we had zero time to make up for it. This is why we decided to just wing this episode and have a random conversation about a variety of topics including smiling at strangers, eating cake, how I cope with being away from our daughter while travelling and what ...

017: Conversations with Joy & Walker (Vol. 1)
017: Conversations with Joy and Walker (Vol. 1) Like many things in life, you just gotta show up! That's exactly what we did in this episode. Walker's computer crashed last week and I was travelling, so we not only lost a lot of highly important files, we had zero time to make up for it. This is why we decided to just wing this episode and have a random conversation about a variety of topics including smiling at strangers, eating cake, how I cope with being away from our daughter while travelling and what ...


016: How to Bring More Awesome into Your Life, with Neil Pasricha
We interviewed Neil Pasricha, a New York Times Bestselling author and award-winning blogger of 1000 Awesome Things. If you need a boost of positivity or a reminder to look for all the awesome in your life, this is the episode for you.  He was an absolute delight to chat with and you're gonna love this one! IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS: We learned all about “baby Neil” How a hamburger determined his parents getting married (in fact if his mom was vegan he wouldn’t be here) Born in Oshawa, Ontario and the only...

015: Natural Ways to Support Your Immune System
This episode is absolutely packed with evidence-based information to support your immune system from a truly holistic approach! We take you on a journey from understanding how the immune system works, to the factors that lower your immunity and everything you can do to support your immune system. We discuss the best foods, supplements and lifestyle habits for a healthy immune system. In this episode we discuss:  A full tour of your immune system The signs of a weakened immune system from eczema to prolonge...

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015: Natural Ways to Support Your Immune System
This episode is absolutely packed with evidence-based information to support your immune system from a truly holistic approach! We take you on a journey from understanding how the immune system works, to the factors that lower your immunity and everything you can do to support your immune system. We discuss the best foods, supplements and lifestyle habits for a healthy immune system. In this episode we discuss:  A full tour of your immune system The signs of a weakened immune system from eczema to prolonge...

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014: Whole Body Microbiome & How These Invisible Creatures Impact Your Health with Dr. Brett Finlay
You are about to be completely blown away when you learn about the microbes that live both in and on us and how they are bigger determinants of the state of our health than we could've ever imagined. Here to share his wisdom is the brilliant Dr. Brett Finlay to talk about all things microbiome! Brett is a Canadian Microbiologist, a Professor of Microbiology at the University of British Columbia and world leader about how bacteria infections work. Brett has been studying microbes for over 30 years and has pu...

014: Whole Body Microbiome & How These Invisible Creatures Impact Your Health with Dr. Brett Finlay
You are about to be completely blown away when you learn about the microbes that live both in and on us and how they are bigger determinants of the state of our health than we could've ever imagined. Here to share his wisdom is the brilliant Dr. Brett Finlay to talk about all things microbiome! Brett is a Canadian Microbiologist, a Professor of Microbiology at the University of British Columbia and world leader about how bacteria infections work. Brett has been studying microbes for over 30 years and has pu...

013: Mastering Your Hormones & Why Your Menstrual Cycle Is Your Superpower with Jenn Pike
What if you could use your menstrual cycle as your hidden superpower? Turns out – you can! In this episode, Jenn Pike – a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Medical Exercise Specialist – will take you through each of the 4 stages of your menstrual cycle, while touching on hormonal health, and share how you can support your body and feel your best throughout each of them. You will feel empowered and inspired to master your hormones and take your health into your own hands!  In this episode we discuss: Jen...


012: Aging Well Throughout The Decades From The Inside Out Using Food, Supplements and Lifestyle Habits
We often think our anti-aging skincare routine doesn't need to start until we're in our 40s, when in fact, the best time to start is in our 20s when the aging process begins. In this episode, you will learn the best strategies to support yourself through food, supplements and lifestyle habits to age well and feel your best throughout the decades. In this episode we discuss: Why I'm anti anti-aging How aging impacts your organs, in addition to the quality of your skin Why I feel better in my 40s than my 20s...

011: Why You Need to Detox and How You Can Make It A Part Of Your Every Day
Supporting your body's natural detoxification system is more important than ever. Our ancient biology simply wasn't designed for the chemicals and toxins in our modern environment and as a result, we're seeing a higher frequency of symptoms such as sluggish digestion, acne, and low energy, and the rates of illness and disease are skyrocketing. After listening to this episode, you will have a much better idea as to how you can go detox in your daily life, including the food you eat, the supplements you take,...

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010: The Importance of Being True to Yourself and Following Your Passion with YouTube Superstar Nikole of HealthNut Nutrition!
There is no such thing as an overnight success and Nikole is proof of this. From the beginning, she had to get over her nerves of being in front of the camera and build her confidence to become the passionate force behind HealthNut Nutrition. Not only is she a YouTube celebrity but she and her boyfriend “Mr. Matt” have grown a thriving online business with many more exciting projects in the future. In this episode we discuss: How and why Nikole started her youtube channel The equipment you need to get star...

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09. How To Have a Healthy Relationship With Social Media
Social media: friend or foe? This week we're going beyond the filters and perfectly curated feeds and having an honest conversation about social media, including how to establish a healthy relationship with it. Doing so, will drastically reduce stress and free up more space in your mind.   In this episode we discuss: How Joy responds to "your life and recipes look so perfect" comments What really happens behind the lens of social media Real life VS Online life The amount of work that actually goes into pr...

08: Living Without Labels & Why I Don't Call Myself Paleo, Vegan or Keto
One of the most common questions Joy receives is, "Are you keto? Vegetarian? Vegan?", to which she answers, "No, I'm Joy!". We've come to be defined by our diets but in this episode, you're going to learn some of the drawbacks that come with that and how to find the healthiest diet for you!  In this episode we discuss:  Is there an ideal way to eat for everyone? The benefits of certain diets  When diets do serve a purpose Sacrificing your health to live up to a label or a belief system Why people follow di...

07: Raising Healthy Eaters with Dr. Rachel Schwartzman
Sharing strategies to raise healthy and resilient children is a topic we're deeply passionate about at Joyous Health and there was no better person to speak to this than Dr. Rachel Schwartzman who is a licensed naturopathic doctor, birth doula and mom to three busy kids. In this episode we discuss: Rachel's childhood dream of becoming a medical doctor and how it evolved into studying anthropology and becoming a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Raising kids around food The importance of baking and cooking wi...


06: How To Break Your Sugar Addiction
You might be surprised to learn that Joy, a Holistic Nutritionist, used to be a sugar addict. It was only later in life that she learned that the sugar-free foods she was consuming and her diet at the time was a big reason for it. If you currently feel addicted to sugar, don't worry – there is hope with the strategies I share in this episode! In this episode we discuss:   How sugar makes food addictive (and how food manufacturers take advantage of this) Joy's sugar addiction story and how she broke her add...

05: My Natural Pregnancy & Birthing Story
This week, Joy and Walker relive one of the most incredible, magical and insane moments of their life which was the moment they welcomed their daughter, Vienna, into the world. They both get into the nitty-gritty of all of the details, in addition to the strategies they used to have a natural pregnancy and childbirth. If you are currently pregnant or hoping to have children in the future, this episode will show you that positive birthing experiences do exist! In this episode we discuss: Not all birth stori...

04: Detoxing The Home, Mindful Parenting & Being Biz Rock Stars with Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis
Today [is the day] that we are joined by our dear friends, Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis. You may know Meghan as the author of two books, UnDiet and The UnDiet Cookbook, a Nutritionist and Founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition; and Josh Gitalis as a Clinical Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Practitioner who runs a Toronto-based practice with a worldwide client base. We're super grateful to have them share their wisdom with us today, as well as some behind-the-scenes stories from their life of b...


04: Detoxing The Home, Mindful Parenting & Being Biz Rock Stars with Meghan Telpner & Josh Gitalis
Today [is the day] that we are joined by our dear friends, Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis. You may know Meghan as the author of two books, UnDiet and The UnDiet Cookbook, a Nutritionist and Founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition; and Josh Gitalis as a Clinical Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Practitioner who runs a Toronto-based practice with a worldwide client base. We're super grateful to have them share their wisdom with us today, as well as some behind-the-scenes stories from their life of b...

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03: The Role of Fate, Mixing Work and Love and Building a Business
This week’s episode picks up from episode 2 where Joy shares her health and healing journey before meeting Walker and transitions into the story of how Joy and Walker actually met, and not only went on to work together, but get married and a have a daughter together too! You’ll learn about the best ROI Walker got on his sandwich board sign and the worst $250 investment Joy ever made. In this episode, we discuss: The beginning of Joy and Walker's entrepreneurial journey, dating back to 2009 The vow Joy made...

02: Balancing Hormones, Emotional Well-Being and Finding Joyous Health
This week, Joy throws it back to the beginning of Joyous Health, including what initially inspired her health journey and the road she took to achieving Joyous Health. Joy highlights the key turning points of her personal health journey, much of which involved meeting Walker, and demonstrates that you have the power to take your health into your own hands and feel joyous no matter what stage of your life you may be in! In this episode we discuss: How Joy initially felt hopeless when coping with her health ...


01: Welcome to the Joyous Health Podcast
Welcome to the Joyous Health Podcast and your first (of many to come) weekly doses of joy! Get to know the joyous husband and wife duo behind the Taste Canada-award winning brand, JoyousHealth.com, as well as what you can expect from The Joyous Health Podcast in the future! In this episode, we discuss: What the Joyous Health Podcast is all about Walker's first job (and his sheep, Corey) The loves of Walker's life aside from Joy and their daughter Vienna Who's Joy McCarthy and why she watched Hannibal durin...