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Author: Kelly Leveque

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Be Well By Kelly is on a mission to simplify the science of nutrition. I want to make choices, not cheats. I want to live in balance, quiet my inner perfectionist, and never feel like my goals are out of reach. I want to love the way I look AND feel. I want to be proactive about my long-term health and wellness. I want to have a positive relationship with food for the rest of my life.

And I want the same for all of you! Join me and some of my favorite people every Wednesday as we give you all the good stuff (and none of the bad) about nutrition: the positive takeaways, the tools and tips that will help you feel and be well, and a dose of motivation to keep you going.
42 Episodes
With her East-meets-West approach to medicine, Dr. Taz Bhatia does it all. She’s certified in integrative medicine, holistic medicine, and pediatrics, she’s a champion for women’s health, and she believes we all can uncover our innate superpowers. She is also the founder and CEO of CentreSpring MD in Atlanta, was previously a professor in integrative medicine at Emory University, and is a licensed acupuncturist and certified nutrition specialist. Wow! We discuss considerations for parents as we look at going back to school in the future, and how they can prepare their health and immune systems for whatever happens next. You will learn about... (04:47) Tips and tools to increase our kids’ immunity (08:52) Normal bowel movements for children and supplementing their diet (14:20) Probiotic strains and the best mechanism for delivery (18:00) How to avoid loading your kids with sugar (24:58) The non-negotiables when protecting your children’s health (28:45) What to look for in blood testing and how often to have it done Resources: ( Instagram: @drtazmd ( Health Coach Training Webinar ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Dr. Daniel Amen is a physician, psychiatrist, teacher, and twelve-time New York Times bestselling author. Dr. Amen runs the Amen Clinics, and he’s widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to clinical psychiatric practice. He recently published a new book, “The End of Mental Illness,” ( and I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Amen speak at a wellness conference in 2012. I was absolutely blown away by his practice, his diagnostic capabilities, and the positive lifestyle changes that can produce incredibly positive results in our brain health — and I think you will be too! You will learn about... (03:25) Dr. Amen’s background and how he uses brain imaging (06:55) Ways of eating that are detrimental or healing to your brain (11:36) How brain imaging works with mental health (14:50) Building a healthy brain (18:49) A day in the life of Dr. Amen (25:48) Dealing with depression or anxiety (33:31) Finding your meaning or purpose (34:52) How hormones play a role in your mental health (43:03) The role of dopamine and addiction on the brain Thank you to our sponsor Birch Benders ( ! Birch Benders now offers six varieties of toaster waffles that your family is sure to love. Use the code BEWELL for 20% off your purchase! Resources: ( ( ( Read: “The End of Mental Illness” ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Kelsey Patel is a wellness expert, reiki master, and author of the book “Burning Bright.” ( She is such an inspiration, but despite her larger-than-life appearance, she is quick to be very open, honest, and real about how she got to where she is today... and the times where things weren’t great or hadn’t fallen into place yet. We talk all about burnout, setting boundaries for yourself, your work, your clients, and how Kelsey was introduced to reiki in the first place. We also get the privilege of opening the podcast with a reiki session led by Kelsey. You are going to love it! You will learn about... (05:40) Experiencing a reiki session (11:35) Not being too rigid with your wellness practice (13:41) How Kelsey’s journey started (22:18) Setting boundaries and balancing your energy (29:30) Kelsey’s wellness non-negotiables (35:43) What reiki is and what inspired Kelsey to write her book (41:41) Reiki for nonbelievers (44:39) Tips you can incorporate now to take care of burnout Resources: ( Instagram: @kelseyjpatel ( Facebook: ( Read “Burning Bright” ( Fab Four Fundamentals ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Today’s topic is a divisive one — birth control. So let’s be clear upfront: I am not discouraging anyone from using birth control. It’s something I’ve used and needed at certain times in my life. I just feel called to educate you on the potential side effects so you can make the most informed decisions for you or your children. Dr. Sarah Hill is a research psychologist and professor who studies health, relationships, and other forms of social behavior. Her new book, “This Is Your Brain On Birth Control,” ( is going to open your mind to some of the unintended consequences your gynecologist may not have discussed with you when it comes to taking birth control. She’s also a writer and speaker with a passion for helping people learn about science and the ways they can help them feel happier, healthier, and more connected. You will learn about... (02:17) How your sex hormones change during your menstrual cycle. (08:19) What’s happening when we take the birth control pill to our hormones and ovulation (14:58) How birth control affects stress hormones (26:23) The unintended side effects and the lack of education of those consequences (36:41) How birth control affects who you are attracted to (46:40) How men’s sex hormones change (53:23) The sex hormones women experience when they’re breastfeeding (01:02:11) Our relationship with food and cravings (01:11:03) How overeating can start as kids (01:23:13) The effect of non-caloric sweeteners on the body and brain Resources: Learn more: ( Read: “This Is Your Brain On Birth Control” ( Instagram: @sarahehillphd ( Facebook: ( Fab Four Fundamentals ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Megan Roup is a celebrity trainer and the founder of The Sculpt Society, a dance party and sculpting workout that’s available online and through an app. Today, she’s going to share her story and get you motivated to work out during quarantine. We dive into her love of dance, the work that goes into creating her content and routines, and the fundamental habits for success. She is all about finding the movements that bring you joy, and you can hear the joy come out of her when she speaks about it! You will learn about... (02:10) How Megan fell in love with movement (07:43) Developing an obsession with food (10:27) Changing the conversation you have with yourself (17:04) Finding movement that brings you joy (20:45) A day in Megan’s life (31:57) Habits that lead to transformation Resources: ( Instagram: @meganroup ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Today’s guests are two friends and people I have looked up to for a long time, Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf. Diana Rodgers is a registered dietitian with a clinical practice helping people recover their health through real food. Her blog, “The Paleo Solution,” ( which has sold nearly a million copies. Robb trained as a research biochemist, and he discovered that the optimal human diet is one that most closely mimics our ancestral ways of eating before the invention of ultra-processed foods.  Both of them have dealt with severe digestive issues, have minds that question everything, and are always looking to find the truth behind commonly held beliefs. In addition to their firsthand production and deep backgrounds in science, they have read many books, interviewed experts, and attended a remarkable number of conferences around agriculture. Their new book and film “Sacred Cow” ( is going to debunk, using real science, the lies you’ve been told about red meat. I truly believe that our bodies — and the world — will be healthier because of them. You will learn about... (04:01) Talking about the health risks and nutrition of red meat (13:39) The protein leverage hypothesis (16:37) Body composition or blood test changes after increasing protein intake (22:44) Lowering carb intake while breastfeeding (28:05) Debunking some of the myths causing guilt around red meat (45:33) The social justice benefits of meat (52:45) About Diana’s farm (56:52) Sourcing the right protein and feeling better about it (01:01:54) Eating like a nutrivore (01:06:14) The case against TMAO and MTOR Resources: Learn more: ( Read: “Sacred Cow” ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( Read: “The Paleo Solution” ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Today’s guests are two of my favorite people in the health space, Mark Sisson and Morgan Buehler. Mark is an American author, a food blogger at “The Keto Reset Diet.” ( He is an encyclopedia of knowledge. And Morgan is a surfer, a soccer player, and a mother who is so down to earth and knows how to get business done. These two, together, were able to get Primal Kitchen out on the scene, grow it like a rocket ship, and sell it to Kraft-Heinz, and there’s just so much to learn from them as business leaders, wellness innovators, and people. You will learn about... (03:43) When Mark became passionate about nutrition (09:11) How we can manipulate our epigenetics (13:43) Explaining metabolic flexibility (21:41) How to transition from a sugar burner to a fat burner (25:19) Going paleo or keto (29:10) The story of starting Primal Kitchen (41:34) The ups and downs in starting a food business (49:12) Exiting as a food entrepreneur (59:09) Creating a good relationship after being acquired Resources: ( Read “The Keto Reset Diet” ( Fab Four Fundamentals ( Mark’s Instagram: @marksdailyapple ( Morgan’s Instagram: @morganzanotti ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Today’s guest is Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking. She’s a trained chef, recipe developer, cookbook author, and entrepreneur, and her latest cookbook — “Eat What You Want” ( — will have you drooling. She’s really down to earth, really fun, and someone I’ve personally learned from over the years. She has helped me elevate my cooking skills in the kitchen, and I know she will do the same for you. You will learn about... (03:15) When Gaby fell in love with cooking (09:04) Jumping into blogging full-time (14:40) Investing in professional photography (18:51) Getting a book deal (24:59) The inspiration behind “Eat What You Want” ( (29:12) Some of Gaby’s favorite recipes (32:06) Chef hacks and go-to ingredients (37:29) Sourcing proteins and vegetables Resources: Learn more: ( Instagram: @whatsgabycookin ( Read: “Eat What You Want” ( Podcast: ( County Line Harvest: ( Sitka Salmon Shares: ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Dr. Cleopatra Kamperveen is a scientist and university professor specializing in the intersection of reproductive health, human flourishing, and how health is transmitted from one generation to the next. She provides fertility and pregnancy consulting to women and families nationally and internationally through her signature In Bloom programs, inner circle, and personalized, comprehensive one-on-one consulting. She’s conducted research on tens of thousands of women of all colors, ages, shapes and sizes, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, language preferences, and professions to examine how they transmit physical health and emotional wellbeing to their children. I could go on and on with all the accolades she’s accomplished, but I am really excited for what she’s here to talk about — empowering yourself to take charge of your pregnancy and having the Superbaby you’ve always dreamed of! You will learn about... (07:05) What the “primemester” is and how to have a superbaby (13:08) Lowering the chances of genetic abnormalities (17:58) How feeling safer affects your reproductive system (26:18) Figuring out how to make our thoughts our best friend (29:09) The effects of stress hormones on your sex hormones (34:20) What a superbaby is (44:14) Avoiding the term “infertility” (53:05) The importance of sperm in the equation (59:33) Inflammation as the root cause of fertility challenges (01:01:40) Influencing your AMH levels Resources: Learn more: ( Free Fertility Checklist: ( Instagram: @doctor_cleopatra ( Instagram: @fertilitypregnancy ( The Primemester Protocol: ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Jason and Colleen Wachob founded mindbodygreen, the most trusted website in the health and wellness space, amidst a personal health crisis. Today, their site has articles written by some of the most trusted names in health and industry visionaries. They share the story of what inspired mindbodygreen, how everyone has been thinking about health and wellness so wrong, and what their vision represents for the future of health. You will learn about... (02:18) How mindbodygreen got started (10:50) Living the life you want to lead (12:19) The red flags around clotting (21:10) Lowering your homocysteine levels (24:58) The process of creating a supplement (33:58) Advice from the best holistic practitioners in the world (38:23) Cultivating holistic wellness (44:36) Protecting movement time during COVID-19 (55:12) Listening to your body needs Resources: ( @jasonwachob ( @colleenwachob ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
I am obsessed with fiber and leafy greens, so I’m in good company with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz. He is a Vanderbilt undergrad. He went to Georgetown for medical school and completed his residency at Northwestern. He then followed that up with a fellowship at Chapel Hill. Now he’s a practicing gastro, he’s obsessed with plants and fiber, and he just published an awesome book, “Fiber Fuel: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for Losing Weight, Restoring Your Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome.” ( I finished reading in just one night! Your gut is so involved in every other part of your body, and we get into how you can start taking control of your diet and get on the right path. You will learn about... (01:46) Discovering the importance of diet on health (09:19) The difference between prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics (15:44) Finding the optimal amount of fiber to take for you (22:48) How fiber relates to hormone health and estrogen (30:26) The benefits of various prebiotic supplements (32:49) Getting more plant-based diversity into your diet (41:44) The relation between your gut and metabolism (48:50) Fat for your gut health (54:34) The three supplements every American should be taking (58:14) How your lifestyle affects your gut Resources: ( Instagram: @theguthealthmd ( Order “Fiber Fuel ( from a local bookstore Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
After healing their own health problems by eliminating sugars and processed foods from their diets, Serenity and Joe Carr set out to change the baby food industry — and they have. They found that there was a hole in the market and that the availability of healthy baby food was… well, they didn’t exist. This led to co-founding the family-owned and operated Serenity Kids. So many baby foods are deficient in protein while being packed with processed sugars and grains, plus lacking in brain-healthy fat, but Serenity Kids isn’t one of them. We explore their personal health stories, how they stumbled upon the formulation for their baby food, and the struggles that came along with bringing a brand new product to market. Their story is so inspiring and I can’t wait to see what’s to come from Serenity Kids! You will learn about... (01:52) How Joe & Serenity’s journey started (13:20) Starting a paleo diet (16:28) The nutritional factors of mothers milk (23:52) The importance of fat in baby food (35:50) Launching the brand (39:11) Production issues (52:51) The problems in our market and food sources (58:21) The Clean Label Project Resources: ( Use code FAB4 for 15% off your order ( ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Dr. Robin Berzin is someone I look up to personally: she is a mom of two, a functional MD, and the founder and CEO of Parsley Health — a doctor’s office that is so much more than just a doctor’s office. They look at the whole body, offering health coaching and MDs to find the root of your problems. We’re all dealing with the crisis of COVID-19 right now and looking for ways to feel our best both mentally and physically, and Robin has plenty of advice on how you can achieve that. You will learn about... (01:31) What you can do to stay healthy at home (04:16) How to ditch the snacks and stop grazing (07:25) The side effects of starting your day with high cortisol and insulin (09:54) Thoughts about oat milk (12:23) How adaptogens can support people in high stress (16:41) The supplements everyone should be taking (21:04) Methylated b-vitamins (27:41) What it looks like to be a patient at Parsley Health (34:58) The inflammatory markers to look out for (38:14) How thyroid and adrenal hormones affect sex hormones (41:13) Advice for supporting fertility (45:42) The mixture of Western and holistic medicine Resources: ( Instagram: @parsleyhealth ( Instagram: @robinberzinmd ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Today’s guests are two down-to-earth girls on a journey to make wellness, health, and spirituality accessible to all of us. Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik are the hosts of Almost 30, which was nominated by iHeartRadio as the best health podcast in 2019 and as the best spirituality podcast in 2020. Today, we’re going to chat about their journey — what it took to start their podcast, how their lives have changed in the process, and the wellness modalities they use personally to love and support their own bodies. You will learn about... (03:14) Starting their podcast + friendship (08:03) How this podcast has affected their lives (11:49) How to follow through (13:43) Podcasting as a living journal (18:15) The modalities that have made the biggest impact (25:13) Krista’s reiki practice (32:03) Explaining breathwork and EMDR (41:24) Advice for people in their late 20’s Resources: Learn more at Instagram: ( Krista: ( Lindsey: ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Dr. Anna Cabeca is a triple board-certified OBGYN, mother of four girls, and the author of the best-selling books Keto-Green 16 ( . She’s surround by estrogen and knows all about it! Her story — which starts off incredibly sad, but don’t worry, has a happy ending — is so inspiring. After a personal tragedy followed by early onset menopause, Dr. Anna embarked on a journey around the world looking for healing practices and healing foods and managed to reverse her early menopause and incorporate what she learned into her own medical practice, helping thousands of women. You will learn about... (04:23) The effects of stress hormones on the body (07:25) Starting a healthy detox (12:16) How your stress changes your acidity (18:07) How your PH value and ketosis affect fertility (25:46) Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (28:44) Mastering your oxytocin (37:40) Moving through trauma effectively (43:07) Heart-breathing exercise (45:51) Tips for dealing with endometriosis and ovarian cysts Resources: Learn more at ( Read: Keto-Green 16 ( Read: The Hormone Fix ( Keto Calc: ( Facebook: ( Instagram: @drannacabeca ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Dr. Anthony Gustin grew up thinking it was normal to be sick, overweight, and covered in acne — that was all he’d ever experienced. As he started learning about science, he became obsessed with altering his diet and exercise routine in order to completely transform himself. But that was just the beginning of his health journey because he realized that health and wellness go so much deeper than your outward appearances. Eventually, he developed a foundational system for health and exercise that made sense. Dr. Anthony’s mission is to help others achieve optimal health and wellbeing, too, through movement, nutrition, stress management, and sleep. This mission led to founding Keto Answers ( . You will learn about... (01:29) Protecting your weekends and shutting down (03:42) Lessons to learn during the quarantine (06:41) Working on high-end athletes and trickling that information down to everyone else (14:01) The launch of Equip Foods (22:18) How ketosis plays a role in Dr. Anthony’s life (27:39) Focusing on what’s important to you (29:50) What is nutritional ketosis? (38:45) You don’t need keto to lose fat (46:30) Where to start when building a holistic health lifestyle (53:05) Advice for better sleep Resources: Learn more at ( Instagram: ( Perfect Keto: ( Equip Foods: ( Read: Keto Answers ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Laurel Gallucci is the founder of the very popular grain-free bakery Sweet Laurel Bakery (everything they make is delicious and worth every bite, by the way). She is also the author of the Sweet Laurel cookbook ( which shares all the recipes from her bakery, and she’s set to come out with a savory cookbook next.  Sweet Laurel isn’t just a name—she is truly one of the sweetest people I know! After going grain-free on an autoimmune protocol paleo diet, Laurel completely reversed her Hashimoto’s disease, is now in remission, and no longer has to take synthetic hormones. With the number of people out there being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, I really need more people to hear her story. You will learn about... (03:45) Being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (11:25) Working with a functional medicine doctor and going grain-free (18:41) Finding grain-free foods (20:54) The five core ingredients for grain-free cooking (26:48) Laurel’s two most popular recipes (33:01) Nourishing yourself for self-care Resources: Learn more at ( Read: Sweet Laurel: Recipes for Whole Food, Grain-Free Desserts ( Instagram: ( Instagram: ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
Before meeting our guest, I had never seen the pairing of nutrition, understanding our menstrual cycle, and how our hormones change — and it completely transformed the way I approach holistic health!  Alisa Vitti is a functional nutrition and women’s hormone expert and the founder of the modern hormone healthcare company Flo Living. If that rings a bell, it’s probably because you’ve heard of her book MyFlo ( , the #1 paid period app on the app store. When she realized that — despite having more content around women’s hormones and more access to that information — women’s health was getting worse instead of better, she needed to get to the root of why that was, and that led her to the discoveries that she’s put in her books. You will learn about... (01:41) What inspired Alisa to start sharing her story (05:31) Why women are being left out of healthcare research (10:41) The phases of our hormonal shifts (17:36) Lining up your diet and workout routine with your cycle (21:56) Addressing menstrual disorders (27:49) Weight loss while working with your biological rhythm (32:44) The ways women have been misled (38:05) The intelligent design of your body (42:57) Your body and caffeine (47:56) Birth control and synthetic hormones (56:07) Optimizing our lives around these phases Resources: ( In the FLO: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage and Revolutionize Your Life ( WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source ( MyFlo App ( ( Instagram: ( Instagram: ( Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
I first heard of Pamela Salzman through her cooking class. Today she’s the author of Quicker Than Quick ( , but she used to teach a super-elite class where she has brought people from not knowing the first thing about cooking to being able to share elaborate healthy recipes online. She is the chef behind the chef. You will learn about... (02:19) What are the cooking techniques any new chef needs to know? (04:14) What is the most important thing for a home chef to learn how to do? (11:46) The convection oven setting (18:41) Which knife you should get (20:46) Techniques for cooking proteins (27:08) Making a meal plan (36:28) Some of Pamela’s favorite recipes (45:20) Tips for taking care of your family (52:33) Cleaning your greens (54:55) How quarantine is changing the way we’re cooking (58:01) A day in the life of Pamela Resources: Learn more at ( Instagram: ( Kitchen Matters ( by Pamela Salzman Quicker Than Quick ( by Pamela Salzman Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
If you Google just about anything health-related, you are bound to find Dr. Josh Axe’s site — and it’s not just good SEO. Dr. Axe has a knack for communicating complex information in a way that anyone can understand and a passion for sharing this important information with the world, especially when it comes to helping people make healthier food choices. You will learn about... (01:10) How does eating collagen benefit the body? (08:10) What’s the difference between bone broth and collagen? What are the different types of collagen? (13:47) How did Dr. Axe’s practice start and how was he working with patients? (18:05) What is a day in the life of Dr. Axe? What are his favorite supplements? (21:15) The benefits of soil-based probiotics Vs. lab-made probiotics (24:28) Why you don’t have to eat chunks of dirt to get the benefits from dirt (27:40) The benefits of local honey Vs. local bee pollen (31:35) How to strengthen your immune system (34:38) Why raw isn’t better, it’s just different — and when you shouldn’t be eating as many raw vegetables (36:15) The best foods to eat during the Fall and Winter (37:40) Functional mushroom supplements and teas (40:00) Is drinking coffee bad? (43:43) Fermented vegetables and kombucha Resources: Learn more at ( Listen: The Dr. Axe Show ( Instagram: ( Facebook: ( Ancient Nutrition: ( Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It ( by Dr. Josh Axe Connect with Kelly: ( Instagram: @bewellbykelly ( Facebook: ( Be Well By Kelly is a production of (
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