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This podcast offers thought provoking ideas from thought leaders to overcome real world issues. We delve on eclectic topics surrounding: 1.Wellness, Lifestyle 2.Climate change 3.Education 4.Sustainability,Business 5.Mental health 6. Youth life, Sports Performance 7.Women empowerment 8. Healthier technology 9. Career 10. Pandemic and more. Tune in for actionable insights that'll transform your journey! You get to Listen, Ponder, Change - for the better.

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This podcast offers thought provoking ideas from thought leaders to overcome real world issues. We delve on eclectic topics surrounding: 1.Wellness, Lifestyle 2.Climate change 3.Education 4.Sustainability,Business 5.Mental health 6. Youth life, Sports Performance 7.Women empowerment 8. Healthier technology 9. Career 10. Pandemic and more. Tune in for actionable insights that'll transform your journey! You get to Listen, Ponder, Change - for the better.

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English


Episodes

Endurance, Athletic Sustenance: Keys to Wellness, Injury Prevention

11/8/2023
Ever wondered what it takes for sustenance in athletics ? Unlock secrets to endurance and peak performance with wellness enthusiast, Pilates instructor and book author Maria Angelova, a returning guest. With a career inspired by early experiences in sports and academia, Maria emphasizes the body-mind connection, the need for personalized workout regimes, and the importance of considering variables such as diet, hydration, and stress levels. Maria and I delve deep into the world of athletes, shedding light on the importance of body balance, and injury prevention. She shares valuable insights on the necessity of a balanced workout regime, the need for strength, flexibility, and control, and the crucial role correct coaching plays, in sustaining an athlete's performance. We also touch upon the significance of recovery time, discussing the benefits of various recovery methods and the need to take a disciplined approach toward that. Chapter Highlights from this conversation: - Power of Pilates and Body-Mind Connection - Balance and Sport specific Injury Prevention for Athletes - Athlete's Routine and Specifics on Recovery Importance -Nutrition and Posture for Athletes, Tech use and impact -Expectations, Psychological support and Athletes' Well-Being Maria breaks down the process of creating a meal plan that aligns with individual schedules, body needs, and workout types. She stresses the need for athletes to listen to their bodies and understand how diet and sleep impact mobility. Providing actionable insights on managing expectations and maintaining a positive mindset, Maria's wisdom is sure to inspire you to embrace a healthier and more balanced, endurance packed lifestyle. Tune in and get motivated to make that change, so your athletic journey is more meaningful and sustained! DISCLAIMER: This podcast episode is for informational purposes only. This is not medical advice, nor coaching; nor is it a substitute for personalized coaching or medical attention. For case to case individual needs, consult and follow your physician's guidelines. Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:53:23

Transitioning to a Zero Waste Lifestyle: Practical Tips and Strategies

11/1/2023
Want to level up your sustainability game and reduce your carbon footprint? Ever wondered how much waste our daily habits are contributing to the planet? Join us for an enlightening chat with sustainability advocate Ann Marie Bonneau, author of Zero Waste Chef. Together, we’re lifting the lid on the alarming rate of trash production, the rise of convenience culture, and the wider implications of our economic system on waste production. As we navigate through the murky waters of plastic pollution and food waste, we share our personal stories of transitioning to near zero waste in our own kitchens. We explore the impact of plastic, derived from fossil fuels, on frontline communities and discuss practical ways you can shift towards a sustainable living. Join us for a deep dive into the world of creative and sustainable cooking practices that will help you maximise the use of fresh produce, reduce plastic consumption, and delight your taste buds ! Our guest offers actionable tips on how to have a zero-waste lifestyle - think homemade fermented foods, ingenious waste-free recipes, and simple yet effective eco-friendly swaps. Focus areas: - Transitioning to a Zero Waste Lifestyle - Plastic Pollution and Food Waste Awareness - Fresh Produce, Plastic-Free Cooking Benefits - Tips for a Zero-Waste Lifestyl - Enhance Nutrition, Reduce Waste - Tips for Living a Sustainable Lifestyle In the journey towards zero waste, it's crucial to remember that it doesn't mean absolute zero, but rather a conscious effort to reduce waste consumption dramatically. The impact of our collective efforts can be substantial. Even a small reduction in waste by each person can result in a massive reduction on a larger scale. It's not just about saving the environment; it's also about ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come. LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This conversation involving host and guest is NOT intended to be medical advice, nor a substitute for medical consult. Individual case by case results may always vary. This podcast is not imposing anything on anyone, and serves as a resource intended for information purposes only. Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:51:57

Redefining Success: Kindling Passion, Personal Growth & Sustainable living

10/24/2023
Ever pondered over the true essence of success? What if personal fulfillment resided not in a six-figure job, but in pursuing your passion? Our fascinating guest, Maria Angelova, will make you rethink traditional notions of achievement. She transitioned from a high-ranking position as a Director of Finance to follow her heart and become a Pilates instructor. Unravel her inspiring journey, where she decided to prioritize happiness and self-care over a high-paying corporate job, leading to the creation of Rebellious International, still chalking out a path to a fulfilling lifestyle. Conversation highlights: - Shifting mindsets and finding fulfillment - Overcoming challenges and embracing opportunities - Significance of passion in overcoming turbulence - Alleviating fear, getting comfortable doing the uncomfortable - Self-care and mind-body connection - Sustainable wellness and lifestyle We also delve into the criticality of self-care and the mind-body connection for overall well-being. Maria emphasizes the need to engage in activities that bring joy to maintain a healthy balance. So tune in for an enlightening conversation where conventional perspectives are turned upside down, leading to a fresh understanding of well-being, success, and fulfillment. Our journey to sustainable living is centered around so many different facets, and this episode certainly kindles passion, your road to personal growth and our contribution to help save our planet! SHARE, SUCCEED and SPREAD JOY !! Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:49:32

Unlocking Performance Potential: Mental Health in Business

10/10/2023
Ever wondered how business leaders or athletes stay at the top of their game? It's not just physical prowess or business acumen. It's the unseen power of mental health. We have with us Dr. Jarrod Spencer, a clinical psychologist specializing in fostering emotional health in high performers. We explore the 'clear mind, better performance' mantra that Dr. Spencer swears by(his famous book "Mind of the Athlete"), emphasizing the crucial role of mental health in business and athletics. He walks us through the fear of the unknown and provides insights on building resilience and confidence to positively influence our everyday situations. The conversation takes us to the heart and head knowledge that can boost resilience, while underlining the role of good sleep in enhancing performance. We discuss the quintessential duo of empathy and resilience in steering through uncertain times. Dr. Spencer underscores the need for a human touch in businesses, a warm connect with employees, customers that goes beyond transactional relationships. He dissects the complexities of today's work culture, including the implications of global time zone differences and the immediate world of technology. We learn how empathetic leadership can promote mental health, creating a thriving environment for employees to grow personally and professionally. So tune in to this re-purposed episode from Season 2 (full episode now on YouTube as well !) and come away with a better understanding of the extraordinary significance of mental health in the fast-paced world of business. Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:15:19

Creating Happy Athletes: A Sustainable World of Youth Sports

9/12/2023
Wouldn't it be phenomenal if you could decipher the world of youth sports? Our distinguished guest, Kirsten Jones, is a hall of fame NCAA D1 volleyball player, amazing book author, a peak performance coach ,and a motivational speaker. As parents of collegiate athletes, we address the complex landscape of youth sports, a massive $20 billion industry, & explore the interplay between an athlete's dreams & a parent's aspirations. Join us as we delve into and passionately co-create an engaging four part discussion on the delicate equilibrium between an athlete's drive and the pressures they face. We examine : (1) the role of parents -in helping kids' interests align - exposing kids to multiple sports and why - preventing burnout and actionable insights - kindle passion, focus on nutrition and offering support (2) role of coaches - transactional vs transformative coaching - establishing basics, efficacy of rituals - cultivating an athlete's mindset and steering it thereof - nurturing talent and facilitating overall player journey (3) role of athletes - System overall and overuse - Affirmations for betterment of outcomes - Focus on mental health - Athletes taking a "We" vs "I" approach - Being a team player and fostering camaraderie -Handling the recruitment side for college sports, transfers after (4) Sustainability in athletic journey -Contributing to team rapport -Team bonding activities, societal causes -How better people can make for a better planet Kirsten lends her perspective on the importance of genuine passion and enjoyment in sports, contrasting it with the destructive effects of forced participation. With her wealth of experience, she helps us navigate these subjects brilliantly, offering invaluable insights to parents, athletes, and coaches. Tune in, take advantage of Kirsten's generous offer at the very end of this chat. This episode is not just about sports, but it's about empowering our youth, so let's make it a win-win !!! Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:01:11:30

Power of Dietary Choices : How we combat Climate Change

9/5/2023
Did you know that your plate holds the power to combat climate change? Our guest, Glenn Merzer, a renowned playwright, screenwriter, and author, enlightens us with his compelling insights on the complex relationship between food choices and the climate crisis. Merzer’s valuable transformational journey from a stand-up comic to a fervent advocate for plant-exclusive diets paves the way for an awakening discussion. Tune in as he elucidates on his book, "Food is Climate," and the urgent need for a shift in our dietary choices. Our guest sheds light on the stark realities of climate change, underscoring the pivotal role animal agriculture plays. Noteworthy points from this repurposed chat with Glen Merzer from Season 2 : -Our obsession with fossil fuels and ignorance towards animal agriculture -Myth of protein necessity from animal products, -Alternative scenario that promises environmental restoration This gripping episode is not just about food or climate; it’s about the impact of our choices on the planet we all call home. Let's help make a meaningful change! Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:12:50

Driving Change: Eco-friendly Ethos in Business & Life

8/22/2023
Did you know that by prioritizing sustainability, companies can increase their positive impact on society? Meet our guest August Vega, a clean tech proponent, creator and former CEO of MALK Organics. Her enlightening journey, which spans from sustainability to the consumer packaged goods (CPG) scene and further, is nothing short of inspiring. August's journey began with her work in water and energy efficiency and grid management. From there, she transitioned into the consumer packaged goods industry, where she founded Malk Organics. She shares her experiences and challenges, and we specifically shed light on the difficulties associated with creating sustainable packaging for any emerging brand. It's an all encompassing conversation that underscores how prioritizing sustainability and making eco-conscious choices can collectively drive change- for businesses, people and the planet. Focus areas from this chat: - Brand building and need for eco friendly ethos - Sustainable initiatives in the CPG space - Increasing a Company's Positive Impact on Society - Education and Solutions for Climate Crisis - Creating affordable, sustainable lifestyle and collective action thereof( from brands, retailers, consumers) - Power Dynamics and Women in Leadership - Taking on capital and implications, challenges As we dive deeper, August offers valuable insights on how consumer action and simple, yet impactful, initiatives can revolutionize the industry for the better. We discuss solutions like clean eating as an act of contributing to the well-being of our planet. Our guest passionately advocates for reducing our reliance on factory-formed animal products, plastic, and offers other major takeaways. Listen in for an undoubtedly worthwhile conversation on the intersection of sustainability, business, and personal choices. Make this your go-to podcast for matters of real world significance. Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:43:11

Unveiling the Lingering Threats of Plastics and Steps Towards Sustainability

8/1/2023
In this episode, commemorating Plastic Free July, we encounter the inspiring journey of Hannah Testa, a young environmental activist, book author, Tedx speaker, who didn't just read about plastic pollution, but made a monumental change. Witness the transformative power of one determined voice as we traverse her path from a passionate youngster to a renowned international speaker, author of "Taking on the plastics crisis", and founder of Hannah for Change. An ardent environmentalist, Hannah's resolve enabled her to establish February 15th as Plastic Pollution Awareness Day in Georgia - a day dedicated to our planet. Our discussion also uncovers her unflinching determination in the face of challenges from the plastic industry and the profound impact of a documentary "Plastic Paradise" that ignited her fight against the plastic crisis. Noteworthy points from this chat: -Hannah enlightens us on minimizing polyester usage in our clothing - The urgent need to reduce plastic packaging and why - Amount of plastics we are internalizing in our body due to our lifestyle habits - Health implications of microwaving and freezing in plastic containers - Plastic pollution and seafood impact - The measures we can take to safeguard our oceans - Plastic impact and climate change Join us for this captivating conversation and get ready to be inspired to make a change for our planet's future. The time for us to act is now! A succinct account, repurposed from a Season 1 episode with Hannah on this show, discussing her role as a youth activist and how youth can make a change for the betterment of our planet. Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:26:18

Breaking barriers in climate conversations, achieving inclusive sustainability

7/30/2023
Understanding the challenges and complexities posed by climate evolution can be daunting. In this episode on the podcast, our guest Ashoke Mohanraj is a sustainability advocate and book author who is a Top25U25 Environmentalist from Canada. He's an individual who isn't afraid to navigate the gray areas of complex issues surrounding sustainability, and helps guide us beyond the typical views on climate change. Our conversation takes a deep dive into Ashoke's personal motivation, rooted in his Sri Lankan heritage, and that part of the world facing the wrath of climate deterioration. We take a full circle on the importance of inclusivity in climate conversations, revealing how to strike a balance between enjoying life and still advocating for the planet. It's not merely about eco-friendliness, but bringing diverse perspectives to the table to truly understand sustainability- thereby breaking barriers. Here are some chapter highlights from this conversation : - Sustainability and Climate Change Exploration - Importance of Inclusivity in Climate Talks - Navigating the Path to Environmental Activism - Why environmental advocacy is for young men as well( Ashoke's book "Pollinator Man") -Paths to Success in Sustainable Living As we go further along, Ashoke shares his path from being one of the few people of color in environmental activism to his experiences representing at the UN - a journey that is as inspiring as it is enlightening. He also provides valuable advice for those looking to get into environmental activism. Ashoke recently celebrated the one year anniversary of his best selling book Pollinator Man, where he portrays a masculine super hero at the center of environmental conservation - a resource that every child can learn from and do their part to make our daily lives better. The importance of keeping an open mind and the willingness to pivot when necessary is emphasized well by our guest. Ashoke's passion for creating a sustainable future is contagious, via his books and visual media/TV projects he's currently involved in and it's our sincere hope that every listener, every citizen in this planet can draw inspiration to do more in Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:43:01

The Power of Sleep: How It Affects Adolescent Well-being and Achievement

6/9/2023
Do you know how crucial sleep is for your teenager's health, mental well-being, and overall success? Discover the vital role of sleep in adolescents as I sit down with seasoned journalist, book author, and public speaker Lisa Lewis, who shares her personal journey and passion for advocating for teen mental health and the importance of sleep. My guest was instrumental in CA's legislation on regulating school start times and is the author of the New York Times reviewed book "The Sleep-Deprived Teen". Lisa and I discuss the biological shift in circadian rhythms during puberty and explore the challenges posed by early school start times for our teens to get the recommended 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. We dive deep into the impact of sleep deprivation on various aspects of our teens' lives, including 1. mental health, 2.learning, and 3.technology management. We traverse through the lack of sleep and its link to increased anger, emotional regulation difficulties, and even suicidal tendencies. Lisa provides valuable expertise and insight on this crucial topic, making this episode essential listening for parents, educators, and everyone concerned about teen well-being. Puberty, hormonal changes, sleep and menstrual cycle are all focus areas in this enlightening discussion. As takeaways, we discuss strategies for success and creating a healthy balance between technology and our lives, as well as the importance of prioritizing sleep for our teenagers and society as a whole. Don't miss this engaging and informative episode, where we examine the critical role of sleep in the development and well-being of our teenagers, as well as the steps we can take to ensure they get the rest they need for a thriving future. Every listener can appreciate the takeaways for not just teens, but for adults and our very young and growing minds alike! Remember, my goal is to offer solutions to real world issues and essentially sleep, mental health are great pillars to a sustainable living! LEGAL DISCLAIMER: THIS PODCAST IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, NOR IS IT A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN, THERAPIST FOR INDIVIDUAL CASE BY CASE NEEDS. NEITHER THE HOST NOR THE GU Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:49:32

Empowering the next generation of STEM leaders

5/16/2023
In this conversation, Science Technology Engineering Math(STEM) enthusiast, book author and Math SP founder Stephanie Espy talks to host Vai about how STEM is omnipresent in our lives and is not limited to just being forms of study. Vai delves deep into gender inequality in STEM and how our guest Stephanie is doing her part to address this and empower the next generation to take to more avenues in science, technology, engineering and math to problem solve the most pressing issues in this world, including sustainability. A fascinating chat with our guest, an MIT alumni, on factors that need attention to be able to let young minds find their true calling and get passionate about building their future. We focus on : and much more .... Tune in today, and get valuable insights on how best to contribute in a field where there's plethora of possibilities. There's no boundaries when it comes to tapping into our inner potential and Stephanie is a great example herself of how every woman, every person of color can succeed and carve a niche. Learn why STEM could be for everyone, so you can innovate and transform some real world issues !! https://mathsp.com https://stemgemsbook.com Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:40:55

Teen Mental Health and its impact on a sustainable future

3/13/2023
The state of mental well being amongst children, teens, young adults has become a topic of paramount significance in recent years; not that mental health wasn't an issue in the past- it's just that there's more of acceptance to bringing it out in the open more recently. My guest Vanessa Elias is a certified parent coach, a mental health activist, and a writer focused on helping parents realize the power they have to foster healthy family relationships. She and I sat down to unpack some of the aspects impacting the youth of today and how a sustainable future is dependent on mental well-being in our society. Some highlights from this powerful conversation: - Why mental health is a real world issue - Ramifications from the pandemic - Need for us to show up for our children and ways to accomplish this best - Reasons for body image issues, eating disorders, avenues to seek help - Importance of seeking professional help - Helicopter parenting versus free range parenting - Need to let go of kids and not monitor - How culture impacts parenting and how to "raise adults" - Screen use, impact and setting boundaries - Sustainable future and mental well-being - Tangible takeaways, action items A conversation that emphasizes on how kids need scaffolding and not a 360 monitoring ; redefining what it means to be a good parent, and establishing meaningful connection versus superficial connection- with such riveting insights, I could find joy and more hope for the future. I hope every listener does and can spread this further! Vanessa Elias's social media handle is @thrivewithaguide and her website is https://www.thrivewithaguide.com Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:34:13

Cleaner Planet: How to build a more Sustainable World

2/15/2023
In this opening episode of Season 3, eighteen year old Climate activist Sarah Syed emphasizes how small actions can lead to giant differences in preserving our planet and future. Sarah talks about her journey and how she started taking an interest in the preservation of the climate. As a fourth grade project presenter in school, she learned that it wasn't just about global warming but so many other things like our food systems, fossil fuels and energy sustainability. Poverty is also a factor to contend with, she realized, and how our actions have a long term effect on the planet. Her journey began when she realized that humans weren't living in harmony with nature, leading to an equilibrium loss. She had to make small changes in her own life, such as using a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one. Our guest sees climate change as a gigantic puzzle piece. Need for renewable energy, tackling gender inequality and poverty, all contribute to climate change - as education could foster innovation to help solve and mitigate the issue. Sarah emphasizes the importance of taking action now in order to create a better future. She believes that technology is not the only solution to addressing climate change and that in order to have a sustainable future, a balance of technology, community, businesses, government and individuals is necessary. Her passion for science and technology drove her to work on a project to create a biosorbant, or a sponge made from biomass, which can remove 98% of oil and heavy metals from water. We also talk about - - Why climate change is perceived just as global warming - Need to cut deforestation - Her involvement with "You are the change" - How youth of today can participate and make a difference - The different avenues that one can resort to and help resolve this crisis - How to get involved in climate movements - Mix of creating awareness and leadership, starting one's own climate journey. - Sarah using her passion area to drive change - technology: bio sorbants, IoT in agriculture, AI based transparent rotating solar cell, 3D printable biodegradable coffee pod - Multi pronged approach : advocacy, innovation and incorporating personal life changes - Need to address our food eco system Like my guest rightly put it, "It's more about how our actions of today and tomorrow can lead to more hope." Tune in and derive actionable Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:01:01:32

Season 2 Finale

2/14/2023
After thirty episodes of engaging content, Season 2 comes to a close. Vai shares her thoughts on previous seasons and about upcoming season(s). Look for Season 3 to drop very soon !!! Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:02:00

Helping students succeed in STEM and innovation

1/16/2023
Are you "hungry to learn, innovate "? Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or STEAM(with Art included) has so much potential for anyone to uncover and prove themselves in. Engineering ain't just for nerdy folks; instead, one can discover what facets of STEM might truly be of interest to you - as a student, young innovator, girls ready to get thinking hats on and those women, men looking to take that next leap or pivot in your career. In this discussion with Melanie Flores, a two time Tedx speaker, engineer, STEM enthusiast and a technology solutions leader, we go through her journey, and lot of possibilities for anyone to succeed in STEM. The fact that no idea is small and innovations can unfold when we unlock our real potential is well highlighted by my guest. Here are some focus areas from this conversation: * Melanie's non linear career path - from a student at MIT to a digital solutions leader currently * Pivoting with a purpose, bringing ideas to life * Guiding principle in career and focusing on opportunity to learn, grow * Melanie's involvement in starting a Corning optical fiber factory from the ground up * Her transition from a engineering manager to a Montessori job * Working with kids and having them succeed in design thinking skills * Engineering design workshop for kindergartners and successfully implementing it * Melanie's Tedx talk on the above and how she nurtured young thinkers * Process design, process map and the need to put ideas down on paper * Need for girls to have role models in STEM and feeling comfortable about getting their hands dirty - her 2nd Tedx talk * Developing spatial thinking skills * Importance of Story telling and the power of communication * Melanie's role as an e-commerce business co-founder * Helping businesses scale * Digital Media, her role as a technology solutions leader in the SaaS marketplace * Power of digital story telling * Technology focus areas for youth of today to become future innovators and much more..... A great reminder that technology is for everyone and not just a chosen few! Here's to fostering more innovators and STEM leaders- remember, technology is NOT just for men. This is a compelling episode to HELP GIRLS and WOMEN succeed wi Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:52:41

Healing your body by listening to your gut

1/6/2023
In this fascinating interview with Jini Patel Thompson, founder of Listen to Your Gut and author of multiple publications, host Vai uncovers lot of impactful information about Inflammatory Bowel Disease(Crohn's , Colitis). A very personal topic to both guest and host, this episode takes listeners through a multi pronged approach to finding a balance and restoring the body's equilibrium. Listening to one's own body, intuition, tapping into our body's defenses and healing capabilities are some great reminders from this chat. Here are some Chapter highlights and notes from this conversation: Ch 1: Jini's journey, her non conventional approach - coming from a family of doctors, pharmacists, our guest shares her take on how she approached her healing journey. Ch 2: Specific Carbohydrate Diet - what it offers and what Jini felt was a barrier with it personally. Ch 3: Listen To Your Gut protocol, disease manifestation - how IBD shows up differently in people Ch 4: Initial steps to address Ch 5: Personality types, internal response - how our body triggers imbalances based on how we react to situations Ch 6: Diet, allergy testing Ch 7: Cellular regeneration - how healing happens in our body Ch 8: Herxheimer reaction - rapid release of toxins Ch 9: Methodical approach to healing Ch 10: Wifi, environmental toxins Ch 11: Adrenal systems, need for hormonal balance Ch 12: Fecal transplant, surgical aspects in general Ch 13: Children and IBD Ch 14: Natural therapies Ch 15: Microbiome testing, stool testing, food allergy testing Ch 16:Absorb plus protein supplementation Ch 17: Jini's books, protocols Follow the podcast, rate the podcast and leave a review from your podcast app of choice. This helps many more folks realize the power of information produced and the insights offered in every episode. Thank you. LEGAL DISCLAIMER: THIS PODCAST EPISODE, THE CONTENTS HEREIN ARE FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN AND GASTROENTEROLOGIST FOR YOUR CASE BY CASE NEEDS. THIS IS MEANT TO ONLY HIGHLIGHT THE GUEST'S APPROACH TO HER PERSONAL HEALING JOURNEY. THIS IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS MEDICAL ADVICE NOR IS IT MEDICAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS TO ANY APPROACH MAY VARY. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN. Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:01:25:54

Healthy Diet and Lifestyle: Cooking easy meals for PCOS, hormonal & chronic conditions

11/26/2022
Rohini Bajekal is a nutritionist and lifestyle medicine practitioner based out of London U.K, and co-author of a wonderful book- "Living PCOS Free". Having experienced PCOS first hand in her personal health journey, she sat down with me on the podcast to unpack several intriguing and stigmatized topics surrounding multiple chronic conditions. This episode serves as a primer for anyone with the inclination to "listen, ponder and change" aka, tweak their diet and lifestyle habits for healthier, vibrant living. As Rohini phrases it beautifully, "it's all about what more one can include, rather than what to take away" - a win-win, and an uplifting shift in one's well-being journey. Of the several things I learned from this chat, here are some highlights so you know what to expect - * Rohini's story with her health & how she stabilized it * Cooking nutrient dense foods easily * Getting enough protein from plant based foods * Swaps for commonly enjoyed food items * Legume consumption to prevent chronic ailments * Role of fiber, warding off insulin resistance * Chronic ailments, hormonal conditions * Getting creative with food, meal prep ideas * Teen issues, acne, PCOS, eating choices * 8 step plan to live PCOS Free * Eating meaningful, role of movement/exercise * Rohini's 21 day meal & lifestyle plan from her book with Dr.Nitu Bajekal * Vitamins, minerals- an in-depth look * Sample 3 day meal ideas Recipe : https://www.hammersmithbooks.co.uk/2022/04/25/author-qa-rohini-bajekal-co-author-of-living-pcos-free/ Follow the podcast on Spotify, Google, Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:01:06:57

Ways to prevent health problems : Focus on Menstrual issues, Hormonal health, Insomnia and more

11/15/2022
My guest Emily Reed is an Ayurvedic health counsellor, senior yoga and meditation teacher, life coach and energy worker - to describe the multifaceted persona surrounding her expertise. In this wonderful conversation with me, Emily delves deep into her journey that transformed her life, bringing her immense well-being; and now being able to offer that to others. Overcoming health issues, or putting the brakes on progression from habits to health conditions, is what this episode is about. It's for anyone and everyone, wanting to lead life vibrantly. So many women wrestle with menstrual issues, hormone related conditions like PCOS and such. Emily offers a fascinating perspective on what to focus on, to regain the much needed balance or homeostasis. Here are some discussion areas from this chat- * Emily's journey and how she found the answers to her insomnia and other issues * Five elements in nature and how a combination of these impact us * "Sukha" and "Dukha" (Well-being or discomfort/disease state) * Why discomfort is "NOT the real you" * Perfectionist mindset leading to conditions *Vata dosha and nervous system; Pitta dosha and transformations * Need for positive framework of mind for well-being * Women's health - Periods, Menopause, PCOS * Hormonal conditions * Essential elements to live in rhythm * Significance of digestive intelligence "Agni" and preserving it * Digestive health and immune health * Overuse of senses, screen use, do's and don'ts * Masculine, feminine energies * Essential tips for modern living and more .... Follow the podcast on Spotify, Google, Apple , Amazon or any podcast source/or my website. DISCLAIMER: This episode is not intended to be medical advice nor is it a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your doctor for individual case by case nee Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:01:00:06

Creating student innovators, grant writers, patent holders as a high school teacher

10/31/2022
"Time Innovative teacher" Rachna Nath was recognized by the magazine as part of its 2022 List of Innovative teachers - an accolade conferred on stand out teachers who improve the learning experience for kids, or solve a problem faced by schools. With plethora of awards to her credit, my guest Rachna is also a - NASA Solar System Ambassador - National Geographic Educator - Grant writer, Fullbright Scholar - Innovator, Entrepreneur This inspiring educator's work is serving a two fold purpose - creating high school innovators, grant writers and more; also in the process, elevating what teachers could do just like she has carved a niche for herself. In this delightful dialogue, Rachna and I talk about - Her journey with Science, Tech, Engineering and Math areas - Each of the hats she adorns from NASA Solar System Ambassador to a company co-founder herself, and everything else in between.. - Research opportunities for high schoolers, career pathways - STEA(Art)M and girls, boys - how they get involved - Bringing the best out of students who seem uninterested, yet are full of potential - How she found her true purpose as a teacher - Why is scientific enquiry significant and how to bring it into the curriculum - How she helps kids patent their ideas - Grant writing as a segue to innovation - Role of support system around a student and helping them thrive - Rachna as an innovator and co-founder of Oxi Blast - Non STEM oriented students working with Rachna and their role in creation - Bioscience and all her other areas of teaching and work with students - DRIPBL, her trademark methodology and her students' patented work & more.... Fyi Season 1, Episode 40 - Rachna Nath's daughter Diya Nath on #OxiBlast, leading a healthier life. Follow the podcast on Spotify, Google, Apple Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:00:51:56

Adapting an Ayurvedic lifestyle in the Western world & elsewhere for better health outcomes

9/16/2022
My guest Selina Van Orden is a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner, who has talked in the British parliament and European Parliament on integrating Ayurveda into the western system and living. I found it very appropriate that she come on the show to talk about adapting an Ayurvedic lifestyle in the Western World, or for that matter in other parts of the world. Getting better health outcomes is the most vital role for anyone in life; more so, preventing diseases before they manifest into stages that become perplexing. In this conversation, Selina and I focus on the following major areas - * Different stages of conditions per Ayurveda * Stages of discomfort before a condition becomes a disease * Being in tune with current and birth conditions * Different elements and their make up - air, fire, earth , recognized as Doshas by Ayurveda * What ghee is - based on ancient texts of Ayurveda * Medicated ghee for certain conditions * Gritha or ghee as it relates to certain conditions * Dairy or lactose intolerance and ghee * Digestive fire - Agni and its importance * Ghee and Omega 3 * Role of cold beverages and fat deposits * Aging and role of ghee in combating aging * Adaptogenic quality of ghee * Immunity and conditions manifesting; how Ayurveda deals with it * Role of Chyawanprash and how it helps immunity * Selina's daily routine - as an example for life in the Western world and incorporating healthy practices * Eating based on one's needs, systemic cleanse and much more ..... Tune in today to benefit from this conversation.Follow the podcast on Spotify, Google, Apple , Amazon or the podcast website. Selina Van Orden may be reached via her website https://atyourbest.one and she answers questions on Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Enjoy PIOR Living products Enjoy PIOR Living products at a 20% discount and free shipping on orders over $75 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the showFollow host Vai on Instagram , X, Facebook for interesting thought leadership, digital content. Head to my website for enlightening blogs & service offerings. This podcast comes to you from Listen Ponder Change LLC, founded by Vai Kumar. Every one time support the show contribution is much appreciated !! Or even better, subscribe https://www.buzzsprout.com/1436179/support and help us amplify our voice and reach! Video shorts available on YouTube @freshleafforever channel and larger videos on https://youtube.com/@vaipkumar.

Duration:01:33:57