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The Archetype Diet With Dana James






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What if we didn’t need harsh diets or crazy exercise regimes to change the shape of our body? What if instead, all we need is to reclaim our self-worth? That’s the message of today’s podcast guest, Dana James — triple certified nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner and cognitive behavioral therapist… and BOY will her insights blow your mind.

Dana’s approach to women’s weight loss is revolutionary: instead of restrictive eating plans and hardcore gym programs, she helps her clients achieve their ideal body shape by putting self-worth at the centre of the conversation. It’s this uncommon approach — combining psychology with nutrition (or “food with feelings”!) — that has seen her transform the bodies (and lives) of more than three thousand women, and that’s made her a sought after health expert for media outlets like The New York Times, ELLE, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, MindBodyGreen, Good Morning America and The Today Show.

The thing I love most about Dana’s work is her emphasis on becoming attuned to your individual body archetype. By decoding your unique body chemistry, Dana says women can reprogram their hormonal patterns and take control of their health and vitality — allowing them to release stored fat, get leaner and stronger, and feel more like themselves than ever before…

So if you want to discover how to combat emotional eating, how to stop sabotaging your health goals, and how to become the happiest, healthiest, most magnetic version of yourself… then this inspiring conversation is for you.

In this episode we chat about:

  • Her story — from working in finance… to chakras, functional medicine, nutrition and cognitive therapy (06:22)
  • What is an archetype? (07:46)
  • The 4 female archetypes (and how knowing yours can change your life) (07:59)
  • How and why she created The Archetype Diet (11:16)
  • How to discover your own archetype (14:10)
  • How the 4 archetypes compare to the Ayurvedic doshas (15:33)
  • The best foods for each archetype (18:24)
  • How to know if you have adrenal fatigue (31:48)
  • The surprising thing she attributes her success to (43:03)
  • Why your breath could be the missing piece of your health puzzle (49:30)
  • Why breath and lifestyle are so important in order to thrive (49:50)
  • What is ‘rolfing’ and why you want to give it a try (58:29)
  • Plus so much more!

Episode Resources:

  • The Archetype Diet by Dana James (Amazon)
  • Female Archetype Quiz (website)
  • Dana James on Highest Self Podcast with Sahara Rose (podcast episode)
  • Dr. Stephen Cabral (website)
  • Vegan Done Right For Your Body Type With Dr Stephen Cabral (podcast episode)
  • Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton (Amazon)
  • Rachel Felson (website)
  • Rolfing (website)
  • Open Wide by Melissa Ambrosini (book)

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  1. Ash says:

    Loved this podcast! However I don’t remember hearing about the Ethereal archetype? The other types were discussed in detail but not her 🙁

  2. Elise says:

    Hey Melissa, This is so funny (in an interesting way), but I’m creating a wellness Wake Up for my ladies health and wellness movement and I want to add one of your podcasts to the list of things to do, and when I was thinking of all of the amazing podcasts that I have listened to so far, this one with Dana came to my mind right away. I was amazed at how she nailed what type of archetype I am, and made me realize that we are different from other women, and this is totally normal. She made me realize that there is a reason I am really conscious about the way my body is and there is a WHY to why I am like this!! Not that I should just let it go, but that it is a special part of my personality. Needless to say, I am choosing this podcast as the one I am going to link to in my wellness Wake Up! Thanks<3

  3. Jodie Ward says:

    Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou
    Your podcast is changing my life and those who share my space
    I’m eternally grateful

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