how to eat right to be ready for life

How to Eat Right To Be Ready For Life, With Donna Schwenk – RFL11

How to Eat Right – Episode Overview

We eat everyday, but few of us know how to eat in a way that powers us to do amazing things – particularly our kids. Most kids are moved by what food looks and tastes like – not how it supports their growth and health. And, they learned some poor eating habits from us. In this episode we connect with the amazing cultured food expert and Hay House author Donna Schwenk who has much to tell us about how to eat right to feel good and live well.

Attention and Intention

In this episode we focus our attention on what we eat and how we feel. We then shift to having an intention or learning how to eat right because our food should power us to feel good, do great things and connect to our greatest selves. This requires us to make some changes.

Meet our Guest Donna SchwenkDonna Schwenk on how to eat right

Donna became a cultured food expert to respond to her own poor health and to the health challenges she had with a premature daughter. Her story is so moving – so much so that she shares it now as a Hay House speaker and author (hear her tell her story).

Learning how to eat right completely changed how she felt – and as she shares – you can’t do great things in life if you don’t feel well.

She now travels the country showing people how to prepare foods that feed us in a way to show up ready for life.

Learn more about and connect with Donna Schwenk at:

Episode’s Key Takeaways

Our bodies are loaded with bacteria. Most of it is good bacteria – it processes our food, supports our organs and helps us feel well enough to go out and do great things in life. The time we feel bad is when we are out of balance with our internal bacteria; this happens when we don’t eat the right things.

As you have heard from Shawn Stevenson, on an earlier Get Your Kids Ready For Life podcast:

All of the processed food we let our kids eat rarely fuels them to show up big to the moments of their lives.

According to Donna, eating well should be easy and it should taste good. She shares that probiotics, foods loaded with healthy bacteria, should be a constant source of what we eat.

Donna recommends these foods

Kefir – easy to make and buy. Think yogurt. Kefir is a fermented milk (or water) beverage that fuels the body with good bacteria. A couple of ounce service before meals or as a snack is sufficient.

Cultured foods – this refers to foods that are fermented (not pickled or canned). Fermenting keeps the good bacteria alive – canning and pickling kills the good bacteria because the process uses high heat). Most any foods can be fermented. Think sauerkraut, carrots, beets, mixed vegetables. Think fermented bananas and even garlic. Eat the fermented or cultured vegetables with each meal, and use some of the fermenting liquid to make sauces and salad dressings. This keeps the probiotic count high in all aspects of your meal.

Kombucha – this is a fermented tea (black or green) that is easy to ferment and can be flavored to make it appealing. Again, 4 ounces before a meal aids in digestion and keeps the good bacteria in our systems high and working efficiently.

Recipes for all of these can be found on Donna’s site at

We each own our health – and the greatest factor affecting our health is what we eat. Teach your kids early to eat wisely – to know what to avoid. Just because some things taste good doesn’t mean they are good for us.

Stop and Notice Challenge

Each week we ask you to stop and notice – to develop your skill of tuning in to you and your world. This week’s stop and notice challenge is:


  1. Stop and notice for one day, everything you eat. Keep a journal. Notice how much of what you eat is natural versus processed. Notice how you feel after you eat.
  2. Stop and notice for one week, everything you eat. Keep a journal. Notice how much of what you eat is natural versus processed. Notice how you feel after you eat.
  3. Go to Donna’s site and select a couple of her easy to make and good tasting cultured food recipes. Include them in your diet for a full week. Then, stop and notice how you feel after you eat cultured foods.

Suggested Resource

How do you talk to your kids so they listen – whether it is about what to eat or other important things. Check out this book:

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & How To Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

I recently found this book – though it was initially published in 1980. It is truly a primer for all parents to learn how to not overreact or misread their kids’ communication and actions. Like most parenting guidance, the focus is on the parent, not on the kids. The way to affect behavior change in our kids is changing it in ourselves. The book shares ways to make our interactions with our kids more productive and less stressful – for us and for them. Learning a couple of techniques, we are able to shift our parenting to calm, supportive guidance, instead of out-of-control, emotional reactions. I came away from this book more confident and feeling that I could manage myself better in any situation that comes up with my kids, with the goal of learning to connect and communicate better. Recommended for parents with kids of any age.

Find the book on Amazon.

Share it with someone. We all get better when we learn how to help each other learn to better listen and talk with our kids.