Sick & The City
Episode 16: How to Survive the Holidays with Chronic Illness

Episode 16: How to Survive the Holidays with Chronic Illness

December 6, 2021

In this short, but sweet, holiday episode of Sick and The City, Amanda & Mel guide you through how to survive the action-packed holidays while dealing with chronic illness. The two take you through tips and tricks to sticking to your routine and how to feel good when it comes to food and family this holiday season. The episode wraps with all the current celeb Hot Goss and closes out with highlights from the year! You won’t want to miss the last SATC of the year!

 

Intro:

  • Mel’s Health Update (1:00)
  • Amanda’s NEW job & CBD (16:00)

Topic: Health & Holidays (22:00)

  • How to Survive with FOOD (22:30)
  • Sticking to your Routine, Planning & Setting Boundaries (32:39)

HOT GOSS (40:00)

  • Good Trouble (41:40)
  • Olivia / Joshua Dram (43:50)
  • Taylor Swift (45:30)
  • Selling Sunset (48:00)
  • Sex Lives of College Girls (51:00)
  • Celeb Make-ups & Breakups (1:00:00)

Wrapping up our year – see you in 2022!! (1:06:00)

Episode 15: The Tea on Toxins

Episode 15: The Tea on Toxins

November 1, 2021

Take a ride on the toxic side with Amanda and Mel in this week’s episode of Sick & The City! In Episode 15, Amanda and Mel talk toxins in the world that surrounds us. From beauty products to laundry detergent, the two address how to spot toxins in your products, the importance of clean products, and their favorite products and brands. There's tea spilled, information shared, and as always, the episode closes out with laughs and Hot Goss! You won’t want to miss this episode!

Intro:

  • Mel Feeling off & Applied Kinesiology (1:00)
  • Amanda’s New News (11:45)

Topic: Toxins in your environment - (16:38)

  • Mel’s Experience with Toxins & Chemical Sensitivity (18:00)
  • Clean Beauty & Beauty Counter (22:43)
  • How to Spot Toxins in your Products (25:22)
  • Endocrine Disruptors & Xenoestrogens (29:16)
  • Weight Gain & Toxins (34:50)
  • Non-Toxic Products & Brands we Love (38:17)

Hot Goss (49:03)

  • The Bachlorette (49:07)
  • YOU Season 3 (51:24)
  • Maid (52:41)

RESOURCES:

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition

Episode 14: Happy Hormones, Happy Life (and Now Amanda’s a Wife!)

Episode 14: Happy Hormones, Happy Life (and Now Amanda’s a Wife!)

October 18, 2021

Amanda and Mel are BACK with a bang! In this super-fun easy listening episode, the duo catch up, spill tea, and recap all the happenings during their September hiatus. So much has happened between weddings, courses, cookbooks and concerts, and this episode fills you in on it all. Closing out with a jam-packed HOT GOSS segment covering new shows, old shows and an impromptu visit to a movie theater. You won’t want to miss hanging out with Amanda and Mel in this episode!

Intro: Life Updates & Where We Have Been

  • Amanda’s Cookbook 4:00
  • Mel’s Course Update 6:00
  • Amanda’s Course 9:00

Topic: Happy Hormones, Happy Life (Amanda got married!)

  • Hormones, Thyroid & Labwork 10:00
  • Back to the world at the Jonas Brothers Concert 18:00
  • Amanda’s Wedding Weekend 20:00
  • Honeymooning 49:00

Hot Goss (54:00)

  • Vampire Diaries Re-Watch 54:23
  • Riverdale Updates & Finale 56:00
  • Good Trouble 58:49
  • Squid Game 1:02:00
  • Ted Lasso 1:03:00
  • The New James Bond Movie 1:05:00
  • Sex Education NEW season! 1:08:00
  • Bachelor in Paradise Finale 1:10:00
Episode 13: Over the Hangover, From Cocktail to Mocktails

Episode 13: Over the Hangover, From Cocktail to Mocktails

August 16, 2021

In this week’s episode, Amanda & Mel come back on the pod after a few week hiatus to chat about their individual journeys giving up alcohol and how it has changed their lives for the better! They cover the awkward phase of giving up drinking (what do I do with my hands?), tips and tricks for being in social situations and the important question of why behind making the choice to quit. The episode closes out with a long awaited Hot Goss that covers Panic, Outer Banks and the surprising finale of this season’s Bachelorette! Grab a mocktail and strap yourself in for an episode of laughs, girl talk and all the chronic illness tea that you need right now.

Intro:

  • Where we’ve been & what’s going on (0:30)
  • Amanda bachelorette party (2:30)

Topic: Alcohol Woes

  • How did we get here? (14:00)
  • Why did we decide to give up drinking? (17:00)
  • Dealing with being sober in social situations (20:00)
  • Tips & tricks to navigate staying sober (25:18)

HOT GOSS (44:00)

  • Panic is CANCELLED! (45:00)
  • Outer Banks (47:00)
  • The Kissing Booth 3 (SPOILERS ahead!) (50:10)
  • Never Have I Ever (55:10)
  • After We Collided Update (55:45)
  • Fboy Island (56:30)
  • Bachelorette Finale (57:00)
Episode 12: Mold Sucks

Episode 12: Mold Sucks

July 19, 2021

In this essential episode, Amanda & Mel dive into the depths of mold. With a mix of expertise and real-life experience, they discuss all the important details of dealing with mold; how you know you have it, where to find it, what to do when you have it and how to move forward. The episode closes off on a light note with delicious Hot Goss discussing all things Bachelorette, The Bold Type and a BIG surprise from a new show, called Sex/Life. You won’t want to miss this wild ride of an episode!

 

Intro:

  • Mel got the Pfizer COVID vaccine: side effects and aftermath (1:00)
  • Job News & Self Care (13:22)

Topic: Mold Toxicity

  • How to Know if You Have Mold: Signs & Symptoms (25:10)
  • How & Where to Find Mold (35:27)
  • What to Do When You Have Mold & How to Get Rid of It (43:00)
  • How to Move Forward from Mold (54:00)

HOT GOSS (58:00)

  • Favorite Will/They Won’t They Couple
  • The Bold Type Finale (No spoilers)
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Virgin River Season 3
  • Outer Banks Season 2 Trailer
  • The Bachelorette Updates
  • BIG surprise from the show Sex/Life

For more information and resources, purchase Mel's Guide To Surviving Mold Toxicity eBook at Everybodybymel.com

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Episode 11: Down With Diet Culture & Up With Body Positivity

Episode 11: Down With Diet Culture & Up With Body Positivity

June 28, 2021

In this fast-paced, fun-filled episode Amanda and Mel dive head-first into the long awaited topic of diet culture and body positivity. The two open up about their personal struggles with dieting and growing up in a time when thin was in. They share tips on how to remain healthy, at whatever size or way healthy looks for YOU. The episode closes out with a Hot Goss segment fresh off the presses and touching on all things the duo love in TV right now. If you enjoy the ride remember to like, comment, and subscribe!

Intro:

  • Amanda’s Bridal Shower (2:08)
  • Changing and Post-Pandemic Newness (7:02)
  • Dealing with Dietary Restrictions while Socializing (10:00)
  • Mel’s Metro-North Train Mishap (11:24)

Topics: Diet Culture & Body Positivity

  • Diving into Diet Culture – What is a Beach Body? (19:21)
  • The Ghosts of Diets Past (23:21)
  • Body Image & Specific Dietary Patterns (38:58)
  • Normalize Normal Bodies (44:00)
  • Size Inclusivity (52:41)
  • Stop Commenting on People’s Bodies, Just Don’t (54:10)

Hot Goss: (1:02:11)

  • Starstruck (1:03:19)
  • Cruel Summer Finale (1:07:44)
  • Amanda Loves RuPaul (1:11:07)
Episode 10: Don’t You Know That You’re Toxic? Tips & Tricks For Detoxification

Episode 10: Don’t You Know That You’re Toxic? Tips & Tricks For Detoxification

June 14, 2021

In this light-hearted, yet educational episode, Amanda & Mel explore all things detoxification. The two flex their nutritional and functional expertise on how, why and when to detox your body and give you all that you need to know on this powerful healing tool. The episode closes out with a romance-driven Hot Goss that covers off on the girls' favorite will they/won't they TV couples. Get ready for a fun-filled episode of laughs! 

 

Intro:

  • Getting ready for Amanda’s bridal shower (1:30)
  • Mel's new nutrition jobs (4:15)
  • Mel’s move upstate (13:10)

Topics: Tips & Tricks For Detoxification

  • Health changes since moving out of the city (13:10)
  • Amanda's health transition (19:38)
  • Our favorite detoxification methods (27:36)
  • Detoxing foods (43:28)
  • Supplements for detoxification (53:18)

Hot Goss:

  • Shadow & Bone (54:43)
  • Younger Series Finale (57:57)
  • Panic on Amazon Prime (1:05:17)
  • Our favorite Will They/Won't They couples (1:10:30)
  • Cruel Summer (1:22:44)
  • The Bold Type (1:24:45)
  • The Bachelorette premiere (1:25:48)
Episode 9: All You Need To Know About Navigating COVID-19, mRNA Vaccines & Chronic Illness

Episode 9: All You Need To Know About Navigating COVID-19, mRNA Vaccines & Chronic Illness

June 1, 2021

In their latest episode, Amanda & Mel tackle the vastly important topic of COVID-19 & Vaccines. Understanding the sensitivity around this hot topic, the duo aim to present facts, research and details to equip their audience with easy-to-digest information without any bias. Amanda & Mel rely on personal experience, research studies and info from The Whole View, a podcast by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD & Stacy Toth to bring you this very special episode.

 

Intro:

  • Decisions, Disclaimers & Details (1:27)

Topic: COVID-19, mRNA Vaccines & Chronic Illness

  • Mel’s Covid Journey (6:00)
  • Is it Covid or Chronic Illness? (15:00)
  • Things that Helped Deal with Covid-19 (17:35)
  • What you need to make the big V decision (24:00)
  • Vaccine Injury & Chronic Disease (28:41)
  • mNRA Vaccines: How, What, Why (33:15)
  • Vaccine & Chronic Illness Flares (40:00)
  • Allergic Reactions to the V & Should I get the Second Dose (47:00)
  • Myth Busting! (52:00)
  • Menstruation, Hormones & Shedding (53:33)
  • Do the mRNAs override our DNA? (1:01:00)
  • Pregnancy & Pre-pregnancy (1:07:00) 
  • Can you get Covid-19 after getting Vaccinated? (1:19:00)
  • Long Haul Symptoms and Moving Forward (1:29:00)

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The scientific research and information provided in this episode were provided by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD of the Paleo Mom and The Whole View Podcast. If interested in references to the studies presented, please visit their website or listen to their vaccine series: episodes 440, 441, 443, 444, 454, and 455.

Episode 8: Hospitalization, Medication, and Misdiagnosis

Episode 8: Hospitalization, Medication, and Misdiagnosis

May 3, 2021

In this week’s energetic, roller coaster ride of an episode, Amanda and Mel explore how to navigate hospitalizations, medications, misdiagnoses and auto-inflammatory conditions. They take a deep dive into the inner workings of the immune system and explain cutting edge information with a side of laughter and sarcasm. The episode closes out with Hot Goss, where the dynamic duo covers all things TV and celebs. Make sure to tune in as this is one you will not want to miss!

Topics:

  • Mel moving out of NYC (1:03)
  • Upstate NY (4:23)

Hospitalization, Medication, and Misdiagnosis:

  • Amanda's recent hospitalization (11:40)
  • Self care intervention & stress (25:00)
  • Medication situation (26:48)
  • Immune system: Innate & Adaptive (38:30)
  • Auto-inflammatory conditions (43:00)
  • Diagnosis woes (50:00)

HOT GOSS (56:29)

  • How I Met Your Father: Hilary Duff announcement!
  • Younger Season 7 so far
  • Cruel Summer
  • Baker and The Beauty
  • The Circle
  • Shadow & Bone
Episode 7: SIBO Made Simple With Phoebe Lapine

Episode 7: SIBO Made Simple With Phoebe Lapine

April 19, 2021
In the seventh episode of SATC the girls make the topic of SIBO easy and accessible. Amanda and Mel cover the ins and outs of SIBO, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. Then in a very special guest interview, the duo speak to best-selling and award-winning food and health writer, Phoebe Lapine. In Phoebe's latest book, SIBO Made Simple, she equips people with information on how they can overcome their own underlying gut issues. Make sure to tune in for this fun and informative episode, and don't miss the return of Hot Goss!
 
Topics:
  • Mel started her course, The Everybody Program (1:30)
  • Our experience with SIBO: symptoms & what SIBO is (6:09)
  • Mold, Lyme, and SIBO go together (10:50)
  • How to get tested: breath tests (13:20)
  • Low FODMAP diet is a temporary fix (16:39)
  • Herbals for treatment & recovery (20:38)
  • Fasting to support the MMC (23:19)
  • DNRS is what cured Mel of SIBO (26:25)
  • Problems with probiotics (29:19)

Interview With Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe:

  • Phoebe’s journey with Hashimoto’s and writing her first book, The Wellness Project
  • Discovering SIBO and writing her book, SIBO Made Simple (36:00)
  • Stress is the under appreciated root cause (38:56)
  • SIBO & IBS (39:50)
  • Healthy Hedonism: nourishing your body & feeding your spirit (45:00)
  • Low FODMAP recipes in Phoebe’s new book (46:50)
  • Phoebe’s podcast (51:24)
  • Gut health myth busting (54:00)

Hot Goss:

  • YOUNGER SEASON 7 (1:00:53)
  • Mel watched Love Island (1:05:07)
  • Sweet Magnolias Recap (1:07:34)
  • Demi Lovato Dancing With The Devil (1:12:14)

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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