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The Feel Good Effect is a wellness podcast with a mission to unpack what it really mean to be healthy, with conversations and solo episodes themed around an effective, gentle approach. Hosted by Robyn Conley Downs, founder of mission-driven media and education brand, Real Food Whole Life, the show is about leaning out of wellness as another set of impossible standards, and leaning into self-trust, powerful mindset shifts, and radically simple strategies & habits that really work.
 
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Hey Feel Good Fam, I have something to share with you today. And it’s a little announcement about the podcast. We're also talking about bringing the feel good mindset to your pressure for productivity and unpacking some key FGE concepts. Like perfectionism, all-or-nothing thinking, comparison, gratitude and the striving mindset. Join me for this sh…
 
The key to unlocking happier habits is understanding how they work. And who better to talk to than Charles Duhigg, author of the bestselling book “The Power of Habit”. We’re breaking down the three parts of the habit loop and how understanding it can help you build better habits. Plus we answer some of the questions you submitted about resuming hab…
 
When it comes to fitness trackers, they can be a helpful tool or a full-on derailer. And there’s a lot of them out there these days. From watches & apps, to journals and paper planners. Tracking everything from days, minutes, streaks, distance, calories, number of classes & more. So what’s important to track when it comes to long-term success? And …
 
Once you decide what kind of workout you want to do, how do you figure out when, for how long and how often to do it? The answers to those questions are what we're talking about today. I'll walk you through all the mindset shifts you need, how to explore what times of day work best for your real life schedule and share my own workout routine as an …
 
Do you have a feel-good exercise routine? That’s what we’re talking about today, in the first episode of our three-part series “The Movement Capsule”. I'm going to talk about how to decide which type of exercise is right for you, depending on the season and your schedule. I'll give you examples of what my exercise routine looks like these days - in…
 
Let’s be honest, the dinner rut can be real. And I think it’s safe to say it’s affecting a lot of us these days - whether you cook for yourself, someone else or your family. If you feel like you're not as motivated or interested in making dinner lately, know that it's totally normal & you're definitely not alone. The good news is there’s lots of th…
 
What if I told you there’s such a thing as 1-minute meal prep? We’ll go over what it looks like, why you’ll want to do it, and exactly how to implement it in the context of your very real life. This episode is part of a 3-part capsule series to help you simplify your meal prep routine and feel good about your meals. Listen in for my step-by-step fo…
 
Feeling a little burned out on making dinner these days? Me too. That’s why I’m so excited to have Cassy Joy Garcia from Fed & Fit here. She’s giving us a peek behind her new book, “Cook Once Dinner Fix” plus the framework you can use (whether you buy the book or not). You won't wanna miss her tips for reusing leftovers in new & exciting ways. List…
 
How do you meal plan if you have an unpredictable schedule? Well, the short answer is… you don't. But I'll tell you what you can do instead. You don't actually need a routine, but you do need micro habits. And you need to know how to place them in your day in a way that allows you to feel good. I’m giving you the step-by-step for how to eat well, n…
 
Do your routines feel a little bit unpredictable lately? Maybe it's this week or month. Or maybe, like me, it's been an unpredictable year and you're just waiting for things to settle down so you can find a wellness (or just a daily life) routine again. But because of the unpredictability, it's just not happening. Well, I'm going to give you a step…
 
How are you feeling about your phone lately? If words like "stressful", "draining" or "depleting" come to mind, this conversation is for you. We’re diving into how to have a healthier relationship with your digital devices. Our guest is Catherine Price, who wrote an entire book about this topic (that I know is on a lot of your minds). This best-of …
 
I know some of you are feeling a little stuck these days. Maybe you're navigating a big life transition or wondering “what do I do with my life?”. After the last year & a half, this best-of episode with Jonathan Fields feels more relevant than ever. If you're questioning where to focus your energy & passion, this conversation is for you. Join us as…
 
It feels like the summer of transitions. When it comes to pivots & new beginnings, there’s one common mistake I see people making (a habit I repeated for years). We’re talking about trying to do it all. Making lots of big plans and jumping in at full speed the very first week. It’s another way that perfectionist-based thinking creeps in & we might …
 
Healthy habits. You want em? We’ve got em. Over the past 200+ episodes we’ve had some heavy hitters from the world of health & healthy living here on the podcast. Even though they all come from totally different life experiences & ways of eating - I found they had this surprising set of things in common. Those things are these 10 habits that we’re …
 
Do you need a little more happiness in your life? We’re talking 10 simple things you can focus on for more joy every day. These are all tiny habits that make a big difference in your happiness & your health. Naturally, they’re each backed by science & proven through the research. But, maybe even more importantly, after 150+ interviews & countless c…
 
What does it really mean to be healthy? Well it’s time to find out. I thought a lot about what to do for our 200th episode together. I have so much gratitude for you & it’s such a joy to get to connect here every week. So I asked the community & settled on this idea of the definitive answer to this question. We’re about to make some changes around …
 
You know the benefits of a capsule wardrobe, but what about a capsule meal plan? That’s what we’re talking about today. What it is, why you’d want to try it & exactly how to create one for summer. I'm also giving you my done-for-you template to get you started. We all have to eat & this simplified approach to meal planning makes that process so muc…
 
Wanna learn self-compassion? Then you’ve gotta listen to this. Author & researcher Dr. Kristin Neff is back to change how we talk about self-care & kindness. Last time, she gave us a deep dive on self-compassion (including what it is & how it will change your life). Her work has since evolved & her newest book is all about self-compassion as either…
 
Ever wondered why it’s so hard to leave old habits behind? Social Psychologist, Dr. Wendy Wood, is here to help us understand how habits guide our behavior & why they’re so difficult to break. This conversation first aired in early 2020 & so much has changed since then. I know some of you are trying to create new, positive, supportive behaviors or …
 
Yes, exercise can make you happier (& it's not just about endorphins). Health psychologist, Dr. Kelly McGonigal, is breaking down how you can use it to get more joy, hope & connection in your life. This is a re-air of a conversation that went live in early 2020, and so much has changed since then. I know some of you may be struggling to make exerci…
 
I’ve been asked for months to do an episode about how to feel good effect our relationship to alcohol. So I’m thrilled we finally get to have this highly-requested conversation with Annie Grace, author of The Alcohol Experiment. Rather than teach people to be sober, Annie focuses on a judgment-free & knowledge-based approach. Join us as we unpack t…
 
Do you want to break the anxiety habit? We're talking about how to unwind anxiety & stop worry in its tracks with renowned addiction psychiatrist & neuroscientist, Dr. Jud Brewer. We often think about anxiety as a personality trait, instead of something we can learn & unlearn. So I hope you find this conversation incredibly refreshing & filled with…
 
Ready to feel more inspired in the kitchen? Award-winning & trendsetting chef, Gregory Gourdet, is sharing how he went from living hard & fast to embracing a healthier way to live. He’s turned that knowledge into incredibly accessible, nourishing recipes & tips that you can use at home. We talk about his health journey and how he pivoted from an ag…
 
What if you could make the important things in your life feel effortless? That’s exactly what we’re talking about today. Greg McKeown, New York Times bestselling author, is joining us to talk about the powerful idea of essentialism (or the disciplined pursuit of less). Listen in as he shares how to make the things that matter most easier. Plus how …
 
Who couldn't use more good days? A lot of us find ourselves struggling just a little bit right now & I feel like this episode with Jessica Murnane is here at the perfect time. Jessica & I both have endometriosis (which affects 1 in 10 women). We talk about what it’s like to live with a chronic health condition, but the tools we share are for anyone…
 
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