Simple Roots Radio



Simple Roots Radio is hosted by Alexa Schirm. A nutritionist by trade, Alexa has rebelled against common misconceptions about nutrition, and has, instead, created a realistic health-style that will allow you to live a healthy, satisfied and more simplistic life.Forget dieting for good as Alexa interviews health experts, lifestyle influencers and every day people on what strategies have worked for them and help you implement a plan that can be achieved for life. Its raw, it's funny, it's real and unfiltered. It is Simple Roots Radio.


  • #229: How To Feel More Energized – And Stop Storing Body Fat

    #229: How To Feel More Energized – And Stop Storing Body Fat

    26/02/2021 Duração: 40min

    PODCAST Alexa Schirm          How To Get More Energy and Stop Storing Body Fat                            Looking to feel more energized? Inside this podcast, I share the secrets you need to feel more energized and stop storing body fat. Take this quiz to pinpoint where your energy level currently is and how to get an energy fix. If you’re feeling exhausted, you’re not alone. We can look at Starbucks stock and recognize this world lives on caffeine, and if you’re not tired, are you even human? I get it. I remember the days of owning a gym and teaching the 5:00 am class with a toddler and a newborn. After waking up numerous times a night to feed the baby and a few times to put the toddler back to bed, it felt like I was a walking zombie for years. I look back and wonder if that was even safe? And I certainly know it wasn’t healthy. But sleep deprivation was my life state. And the only way I could figure out how to survive was caffeine, food, and sleep whenever I could get a moment of shutting my eyes. The

  • #228: How Many Carbohydrates Should I Eat?

    #228: How Many Carbohydrates Should I Eat?

    14/02/2021 Duração: 33min

    How many carbohydrates should you eat? Are they good for you? What about protein and fat...   And the great macronutrient debate continues, but it's time to put it to rest. In this episode, I share what you need to know about macronutrients and how many you should eat.    Learn more:

  • #227: This Simple Mindset Shift Changed My Health

    #227: This Simple Mindset Shift Changed My Health

    03/02/2021 Duração: 35min

    Health is a feeling. I know it sounds cliche but understanding this changed my health. It took a far off destination and turned it into something I could live every day. If you listen to no other podcasts, you have to hear this one. Because I believe you can experience health today and inside I show you how.    Learn more:

  • #226: The Reason You Cant Get Healthy

    #226: The Reason You Can't Get Healthy

    01/02/2021 Duração: 31min

    If you're struggling to get healthy, you're not alone. Health has been a hard thing to come by. It feels like all of the stars in the universe need to align at the perfect time and in the perfect environment for you to get close to living healthy. It feels like a long lost dream. But I've questioned, is this the purpose of health? Or have we made it more difficult than it needs to be? Inside this episode, I share the reason you're not getting healthy and how to fix it.   Learn more:

  • #225: The Last Simple Roots Radio + The Birth Of Something New!

    #225: The Last Simple Roots Radio + The Birth Of Something New!

    07/01/2021 Duração: 37min

    Simple Roots Radio may be coming to an end but something new is just about ready to launch. That is a brand new podcast, aimed at practical everyday steps to help you live out health. I believe it's inside of you, you just need to activate it. The new show will be called Made For Living Well - learn everything you need to know about the changes inside this episode. 

  • #223: Use Stress To Lose Weight

    #223: Use Stress To Lose Weight

    22/07/2020 Duração: 55min

    Stress gets a bad wrap. In fact, I believe we've gone as far as to fear stress that now we're stressed because of the fear that we might be stressed. It's a violent trap that leaves us looking for a faraway land of perfection, comfort, and safety in a place it doesn't exist - not with a stressed based mindset at least.  Stress has been villainized and while this is partially true, it's not completely accurate.  There are different forms of stress that are birthed from your perception that take on different meaning in our lives.  But if we go back to the original design of humans, one thing is clear - our bodies are designed to encounter stress and not just encounter it but thrive off of it.  If those two things sound counterintuitive, this podcast is for you.  Inside, I break down why your body needs stress, especially to lose weight and get healthy and how to change your view of stress to open up true healing inside of your body.  Did I mention, health is not nearly as complicated as we make it out to be?  

  • #222: Using Energy to Change your DNA

    #222: Using Energy to Change your DNA

    08/07/2020 Duração: 50min

    Most people believe you're stuck with the DNA you are born with. While this is partially true, it's not what really matters. The defining point in health is not your DNA but how your DNA is expressed. Inside this blog, we're going to talk about how you can use energy to change your DNA and change your health.   Energy is the name of the game - specifically, how do you get more energy? But energy can be a confusing subject and one that doesn't get much air time. Ironically, we tend to measure everything outside the body in terms of energy, yet we fail to see how powerful it is inside the body.  Energy is the very thing our body needs to thrive, and yet it's the one thing, so many of us wish we had more. But what would change if you started to see energy for what it is? Not a matter of how much or how little you have but recognizing that you have an infinite amount.  The problem isn't in lacking energy but in how you channel it knowing that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Dr. Misak came on the show

  • #221: Stop Blaming Your Hormones

    #221: Stop Blaming Your Hormones

    30/06/2020 Duração: 49min

    Hormones get a bad rap. They are known to cause everything under the sun, including weight gain, exhaustion, and acne. But what if your hormones weren't actually to blame? I'm going out on what could be a very controversial limb to argue that your hormones aren't to blame for what ails you - but your energy is. The typical hormonal equation is; hormones become imbalanced = weight gain, exhaustion, hot flashes, etc. But today I want you to see, your hormones don't just fall out of balance and when they do, it's not your hormones you need to fix as much as it is the root and that is your energy. Which means the real equation looks more like this: decrease in healthy energy = imbalanced hormones = weight gain, exhaustion, hot flashes What would change if we shifted our focus from hormones to energy? You might just find that your hormones don't rebalance, but everything in life seems healthier.  Inside today's podcast, we talk about this and how your energy is responsible for your hormones. And more importantly,

  • #220: Change This One Thing To Get More Energy Instantly

    #220: Change This One Thing To Get More Energy Instantly

    22/06/2020 Duração: 51min

    We all want more energy, the question is how much energy will you spend trying to get more energy? Inside, you'll learn the one thing you need to change to get more energy instantly.  Do you want more energy? Welcome to the club they say - but what if I told you it wasn't an exclusive club but inclusive? Inside I share the one thing you need to change to get more energy instantly.  Energy has been my focus for the last year. After years and years and years of nutrition work, studying, questioning, more questions, and more studying why we haven't settled on anything that works for the majority of people in the health space - I was determined to uncover something that would.  That's when I came face to face with the concept of energy.  I know the word energy can feel a little woo-woo, especially in the faith space. It seems bizarre to talk about energy as the driving force of health, happiness, and joy. But I promise you're going to want to hear me out, especially today as I talk about the overarching determini

  • #219: How to Boost Energy To Lose Weight and Get Healthy

    #219: How to Boost Energy To Lose Weight and Get Healthy

    15/06/2020 Duração: 59min

    What if you didn't need another diet, you just needed more energy? Inside this post, I share how you how to boost energy to lose weight and get healthy.   Exhausted? Welcome to the world of adulting! It feels like a right of passage in today's world, but this concept of energy is more valuable than we give it credit. It's not something to brush off and learning to boost your energy could be the very thing that helps you lose weight and get healthy.  Welcome to the healthy energy series - the place where I talk in-depth about energy and how to get more of it. It is the very topic that we hear little about and yet ends the confusion.  If you want to get healthy - you must know about energy, and that is what this entire series is for - understanding how you can move from energy debt into abundance.  Today on the podcast, we are diving into the concept of energy, what energy means, how to measure it in the body and determine if you're living in energy debt or abundance.  On the show, we talk about energy abundanc

  • #218: 7 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Health

    #218: 7 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Health

    08/06/2020 Duração: 52min

    Essential oils, where do you even start, and what do you really need to know? Today I interview an essential oil expert and outline 7 ways to use essential oils for health.  I'm an amateur when it comes to essential oils. From all of the research about health, I haven't tapped into or shared about essential oils, honestly, for no other reason than just time. The funny thing about essential oils is I've used them for a very long time.    While it's always intrigued me, I tend to stick with the basics. It wasn't until my personal health journey enticed me into using essential oils to open up my body and allow healing that I felt intrigued to learn more.    Even more, numerous podcast guests and health experts have mentioned during the show, about their usage of essential oils. So today, I wanted to declare my love of oils, jump that bandwagon and expose you to another tool of health.   Today, I am breaking down how to use essential oils for health with my friend, Leatha Arant. The one I've learned from, trust,

  • #217: How to Develop a Morning Routine Youll Actually Stick To

    #217: How to Develop a Morning Routine You'll Actually Stick To

    27/05/2020 Duração: 44min

    Mornings aren't everyone's cup of cold brew. They can be an abrupt awakening to peaceful slumber when all you want is five more minutes! But I promise, you can develop a morning routine you'll actually stick to and you're in the right place to learn how.  Rhythms are a natural part of life - you may not call them rhythms but this is our unconscious behavior. They are the patterns of life that shape what we do. I like to think of rhythms as our natural flow of life and behavior.  Rhythms are truly where we see our lives start to shape around. Whether for good or for bad. That is why, even more than habits it is important to take notice of your daily rhythms and start to understand the little things that you do habitually that could add up over time.  On today's podcast, I have Rebekah Lyon's on to talk about Rhythms of Renewal. We dive into healthy rhythms, why they are important, and how she established them in her own life. She also shares her favorite rhythm and that is a morning routine. Keep reading to le

  • #216: Your Hormone Fix Is Here

    #216: Your Hormone Fix Is Here

    13/05/2020 Duração: 55min

    Hormones, they feel heavy {and I don't mean that literally}. It seems like every woman everywhere is struggling with hormonal control but what is the answer? Today we dive into the most commonly asked questions I get about hormonal imbalance and what to do about it. Hormones are a sensitive subject for many people. They seem overwhelming and annoying. Trust me, I get it. I've had my own share of hormonal struggles that I've work hard to overcome in the past. Through that, I realized the hormone help I needed wasn't as far off as I thought. Today on the podcast, I interview Dr. Anna Cabeca. Dr. Anna is a triple-board certified OBGYN who has worked with thousands of women one-on-one to help them understand and improve their health and manage their hormones.  On today's show, I ask Dr. Anna the most pressing health questions I receive and they all relate to the dreaded hormonal symptoms such as: Why do I have hot flashing during menopause? I can't seem to stop my body from packing on the pounds? My hair won't st

  • #215: 10 Tiny Habits To Change Your Health

    #215: 10 Tiny Habits To Change Your Health

    06/05/2020 Duração: 42min

    You want to get healthy and make habits that last. You know what you should be doing, the question is how do you get yourself to do. Inside I share 10 tiny habits that will change yourself without taking all of your time. Six weeks of repetitive behavior is the key to creating habits - or is it?  I've long thought that if I just repeated something healthy long enough, it would automatically stick. The only discipline I needed was that initial six-weeks, and then it would just be a part of who I was.  On some level - it seemed realistic. Most good things come with a level of discipline. On the other side, no matter how long I prevailed, nothing seemed to stick, at least not in the way I had hoped.  These habits I was trying to form always seemed like an uphill battle that went well some days, and yet others felt like a miserable failure. Until I realized I had the wrong view of habit formation.  It wasn't strictly about pushing through and using willpower - but behavior modification involved more of me - my dr

  • #214: Personalize Your Hormones for Health

    #214: Personalize Your Hormones for Health

    29/04/2020 Duração: 59min

    How do you fix your hormones? It feels like a million-dollar answer that is looming out in the unknown. While it has felt impossible in the past, thanks to the new work being done on genetics, we have a new personalized view of how your hormones work and how to optimize them.  What we know doesn't work is standardizing hormones.  You can't put a number on it - making it extremely difficult to prescribe hormonal medication, because even on a day-to-day level your hormones are reacting in unique ways.  But what if we could personalize hormones? What if you could figure out precisely what your body needs and provide that - could we then heal our hormones without just slapping a bandaid on them?  Inside today's podcast, I speak with a leading geneticist in the field of hormones, Dr. Mansoor Mohammed. He is the founder of The DNA Company and is doing extensive work on understanding hormones, personally, on a genetic level. What I love most about Dr. Mansoor is his drive to take what we commonly look at as a vocabu

  • #213: How To Deal With Anxiety in Just 10 Minutes

    #213: How To Deal With Anxiety in Just 10 Minutes

    15/04/2020 Duração: 56min

    There are a few critical elements, true facts that needed to be stated about anxiety before we can learn to deal with it. Inside this post, I share how you can deal with anxiety in just 10 minutes. We are living in uncertain times - which always brings anxiety to the forefront, even more so. But isn't that the truth about anxiety - it can show it's ugly head in a matter of moments during any uncertain event?  But what I hope and pray you that you know about anxiety is that it doesn't have to define you - at least not in the way you've been told. Even more, you have power over your anxiety. Inside today's podcast, I talk with Ali Damron about a subject plaguing our nation - that is the grips that anxiety and uncertainty are having on us.  In the podcast, we talk about the true cause of anxiety, how to regain power over anxiety and your mind, build confidence and move forward even when life seems risky.   Learn more:

  • #212: Five Free Ways To Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve

    #212: Five Free Ways To Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve

    08/04/2020 Duração: 52min

    Vagus nerve stimulation is something we should all be familiar with. It is the key to rest and relaxation. Inside this post, I teach you what your vagus nerve is, why it's important and 5 free ways to stimulate it. There's nothing that puts fire in my bones quite like understanding how the body works together as one unit. As much as we like to break our body down into specific units and parts to understand the intricate workings better - we can't argue that it's not how each system works separately but how it works as a whole unit.  Even our emotions and thoughts are influencing the whole system and why I'm so passionate about bringing this area to light. Mostly because it doesn't seem to get the attention it deserves.  To understand the system - from emotions to our hormones - we have to follow the workings of the central nervous system. Inside's today podcast, I talk with nervous system excerpt Dr. Katinka van der Merwe founder of The Spero Clinic.  Dr. Katinka has done fantastic work in healing the central

  • #211: Change Your Metabolism By Eating Seasonally

    #211: Change Your Metabolism By Eating Seasonally

    01/04/2020 Duração: 43min

    We all experience seasonal changes, we even see the seasonal changes that affect the landscape around us - but did you know, those changes are changing your body as well? It's easily one of the most overlooked and potentially beneficial aspects of health, eating seasonally. Learn what you need to know about the seasons and how it affects your metabolism inside this post.     Seasons affect us just as much as the landscape around us. The animals gather and store for winter, and the leaves shed, allowing the trees to go dormant and bud in the spring. Just as much as the plants experience seasonal change, so does your body. In fact, nearly all functions in your body change with the changing of the seasons. Your gut bacteria turn over {1}, your immune system changes {2}, and your hormones and mood changes {3}. Your body is changing with the changing of the seasons, regardless of if you live in a climate-controlled 68 degrees all year long and eat the same foods 365 days a year.  The problem isn't the changes that

  • #210: How To Use Stress To Your Advantage

    #210: How To Use Stress To Your Advantage

    25/03/2020 Duração: 49min

    Stress isn't something I have to explain. It seems to be the way of life. But in our attempts to de-stress, I wonder are we actually getting more stressed?  Hear me out.  It seems we have more 'self-help' books and classes than ever before. Combine that with the trend of self-care and the desire to be healthier, I fear we're getting more overwhelmed with information than we are taking action because we're truly informed.  I have more people than I can count tell me, "I do everything right, I eat well and exercise and yet I still gain weight." Do you relate?  Or maybe you better relate to this statement, "There's so much information out there, I don't even know what to do." I think we're taking something intended for the good of ourselves, health and we're twisting it into the very thing stealing our health. Even more, we're ruining our lives by allowing our fixation on the outcome to deter us from fully living where we are.  So my question that I want to answer today, what if what we thought was bad, is actua

  • #209: How to Love Yourself at 687 pounds

    #209: How to Love Yourself at 687 pounds

    18/03/2020 Duração: 50min

    Self-love is a confusing topic in this day in age. In one breath you are told to love yourself no matter your size and yet the world still feels like it's constantly forcing us to be a certain size. What is right and how do you actually love yourself no matter your size?  Self-love is a topic that comes with a lot of fluff. It looks glamorous, and Instagram worthy, something to be documented and recorded. But is that love, or is a formulated version of what we think will make us feel love?  And if it's not love, what is? How do we unearth ourselves to love but also live loved?  These are all questions I'm pondering and considering as I dive into the true meaning of health, and there is no better person to help me do this than Sean Mulroney of The Obesity Revolution. I don't want to share Sean's full story here; you'll hear him tell you himself inside the podcast. But I did want to ask Sean, a formerly 687-pound man, what does it mean to love yourself even at 687 pounds?  I also ask Sean what sparked the chang

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