Ep 42 Susan Irby The Bikini Chef - Getting Bikini Ready

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Susan Irby, CFH, CFNS, Author, Public Speaker, Award-winning network television host and radio personality

 “Living a healthy lifestyle requires courage, focus, persistence, and motivation.  Your diet and lifestyle goals matter.” – Susan Irby

Certified in Food Healing and Fitness Nutrition, Susan Irby is one of the nation’s foremost experts in plant-based nutrition and food as healing.  An accomplished author, public speaker and media personality, Susan holds a particular expertise in the areas of individualized nutrition programs and recipe development.  Her 17+ years in the culinary industry, the past 14 in healing foods, spiritual wellness and active lifestyles, have earned Susan recognition as the leading healing plant-based and specialized nutrition lifestyle expert empowering others to better understand their personal health needs and empower them to enjoy lasting lifestyle change through her trademark 3-prong approach to mindful healing, health and an active lifestyle.  

“Food is the ultimate nourishment and healing for the body.  Remember, what you eat and drink matters.” ~ Susan Irby, CFH

Susan is author of 9 books on wellness that include over 2,500 recipes collectively.  Her 6-week Food Healing Nutrition Program, in conjunction with Ward Bond, PhD, has proven success among both celebrities and non-celebrities and led to the development of her customized 6-week Food Healing Kitchen Makeover program. While not a vegan herself, Susan’s food healing programs and education supports the plant-based diet approach that many of her clients adhere to. 

Included in her published works are: Substitute Yourself Skinny, ranked twice by FOXNews.com in the Top 10 Best Diet Books and Amazon quinoa recipe top sellers, The Complete Idiot’s Guide Quinoa Cookbook. Susan’s work as a freelance wellness and nutrition author can be seen monthly in Max Sports and Nutrition of which Susan has been a contributor for over 6 years.  Other freelance works have been featured in prestigious media outlets such as FIRST for Women, Self, The New York Post, and numerous other media outlets both in the USA and internationally acclaimed outlets such as The Mail on Sunday and BBC Radio.  She is the award-winning host of The Bikini Lifestyles® Show which was twice awarded “Best Health and Fitness Television Program” by The TASTE Awards and also aired as a weekly radio program for 5 years on 790 KABC Los Angeles. 

 

Internationally recognized as leader in the “food as healing” approach to a plant-directed healthier lifestyle, Susan has worked with noted schools, colleges, professionals, families and national grocery markets to share how to transform their lives through spiritual wellness, a highly plant-based diet and an active lifestyle.  Among them, Los Angeles Unified School District, Cooking Up Change, American Federation of Teachers, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, grocers such as Whole Foods, Gelson’s and Dole Foods.  Susan has made appearances on FOX11 Good Day LA, ABC7, CBS2, KCAL9, NBC, and numerous syndicated radio shows, international conferences, national magazines, newspapers, and websites. 

An award-winning television and radio host, Susan has interviewed culinary and fitness icons and celebrities such as Venus Williams, Billy Bush, Wolfgang Puck, Giada De Laurentiis, Sara Moulton, Chef Art Smith, Gene Simmons, Bill Engvall, Duff Goldman, Barbara Fairchild, Nancy Silverton, Olympic Gold Medalist and LA Sparks' DeLisha Milton Jones, Cincinnati Bengals' Coach Chip Morton, Cincinnati Reds Coach Matt Krause, reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump, teen star Reed Alexander, and more culinary, fitness and celebrity stars. 

Susan holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, is Certified in Food Healing, and is a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist.  She originally developed her culinary skills by working with master chefs in Italy and France.  Susan is the creator of and driving force behind the successful brand, The Bikini Chef® which promotes food that heal through “figure flattering flavors”.  She is the creator, producer and host of The Bikini Lifestyles® Show and Healing Remedies and Recipes.  Extensions of her brands include Bikini Cuisine®, and Bikini Cuisine Power Snax®.

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What we talked about in this episode:

  1. Getting in shape without a gym membership.
  2. Step up your workouts and set intention.
  3. 52 year old Susan says eating right is 90% of your results.
  4. You can't exercise away a poor diet.
  5. Don't take your health for granted.
  6. Put the best fuel possible into your body.
  7. When it comes to your health; you pay now by buying. healthier foodsor you pay later with hefty medical bills.
  8. Good healthy food can be like medicine.
  9. Healthier ways to cook your favorites.
  10. Re-train your taste buds to appreciate the natural flavors of non-processed foods.
  11. Great healthy snack substitutions for junk food cravings.
  12. The more sugar you eat the more sugar you want.
  13. Carbs are not the enemy. 
  14. Your PFF'S are your BFF'S.  PFF'S are Lean Protein, Fiber, Good Fats. Your BFF'S stand for Best Friends Forever.
  15. Potato chips are not a high fiber food.
  16. 7 stalks of celery a day help to lower your blood pressure.
  17. You can eat your water instead of drinking it.
  18. What healthy fats actually are.
  19. The types of nuts that are best.
  20. Good Fats keep you saitiated and your blood sugar from dropping, thus creating less cravings.
  21. How Susan got her name 'The Bikini Chef"
  22. What season of life are you in? Menopause, Perimenopause or 20's or 30's.
  23. Your body needs 'REAL" Food.
  24. Pre and Post Biotic foods for a healthier gut.
  25. Tips for building healthy bones.
  26. Exercise for vitality. Move it or lose it.
  27. Why Susan doesn't count calories.
  28. Put good gas in your car. Your body is your car, food is your fuel.

My recipe from The Sisterhood of SWEAT

Pumpkin Spice Latte – 
You no longer have to stand at the coffee window and drool. Now, you can make your own healthy
pumpkin spice latte!
Ingredients:
2 cups coconut milk (unsweetened)
2 cups black organic coffee or 2 shots espresso
Stevia or coconut palm sugar (sweeten to your taste)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1½ teaspoon pure vanilla
½ cup cooked pumpkin
Instructions:
1. In a medium saucepan on medium-low heat, mix together the spices, pumpkin, and coconut milk.
2. Stir to keep it from sticking until pumpkin milk is steamy.
3. I like to send my hot milk mixture through the blender to make it nice and frothy.
4. Pour your hot coffee into your pumpkin spice mixture.
5. Stir and serve.

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Linda Mitchell

Linda Mitchell is more than qualified to help women reach a point of empowerment . As an Institute of Integrative Nutrition graduate, an award-winning fitness competitor, and elite obstacle racer. she collaborated on the fitness portion of the book “Fat Flush for Life” with mentor and New York Times Best Selling author Ann Louise Gittleman. This book was listed in Time magazine as one of the top ten diet books for 2009. As a former columnist for 12 years for Ms. Fitness magazine, Linda decided to put everything into a book and it really evolved and became “The Sisterhood of S.W.E.A.T.”.  Her book and the studio are all about helping women build confidence and self-esteem and learning to feel 100% great about themselves.    

Mitchell launched The Chickfit Studio in 2013. She says “At Chickfit, our priority is building women’s self-confidence. Our belief is that their newfound self-love will transfer into giving support and love to one another. Self-improvement equals empowerment.”

Mitchell was inspired to open The Chickfit Studio after she found that deep down in her heart she wanted to do something that was worthwhile and made real, lasting changes in people’s lives. She opened The Chickfit Studio after working as a group fitness director and personal trainer for about 25 years.