Dr. Lauryn Lax

Break The Rules

The “Break the Rules” podcast is hosted by Dr. Lauryn Lax, a leading Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Occupational Therapist, functional medicine practitioner and woman on a mission to help others find food, body and mindset freedom.
Break The Rules


It’s time to stop letting fear and rules (food, body, fitness, health) hold you back from being the person you most want to be. Host Dr. Lauryn Lax is a leading Nutritional Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, and woman on a mission on a mission to (a.) shake up diet culture and (b.), help you thrive—inside and out. Each week, Dr. Lauryn invites guests on the show to “break some rules” with her in the studio—debunking popular health and nutrition myths, exposing new truths, and inspiring breakthroughs in your own life and mind. Her work is inspired by her own 15 year battle with a severe eating disorder that almost took her life at age 24. Now recovered, she works with girls and women around the globe to transform their mindset, heal their body, and declare peace with their body, food and fitness, (once and for all). Have a question you’d like to see covered on the show? Head over to www.thrivewithlauryn.com/contact.




Break The Rules #42 - Cassy Burnside | Fat Co

Mar 29, 2018 36:05


Our skin eats...just like our body eats. And what we "feed it" matters, not only for the outside, but the inside as well (including our gut health). Founder of Fat Co, Cassy Burnside, joins us on the show to break the rules in the beauty industry, and let us know what many mainstream products DON'T want you to know about many of the products we use. Cassy’s passion for clean eating inspired her business — making clean skincare products. For years, Cassy practiced the philosophy that a health-conscious diet can improve your life, one meal at a time. This connection between food and well-being led her on a quest to find skincare products developed for the same benefits. To her, feeding your skin is just as important as feeding your appetite — it’s all about healthy, nutritious choices.   When she couldn’t find exactly what she was searching for, Cassy decided to take matters into her own hands by crafting good-for-you products from her own home; and FATCO was born! Through the company, Cassy brings awareness and education about how small changes in your life can improve your skin as well as your overall health. Tallow and other naturally occurring ingredients are the basis for FATCO’s products — upholding the idea that just like clean dieting, clean hygiene is a sound approach to living well. An East Coast native, Cassy attended Northeastern University in Boston where she earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She then worked and lived in San Diego for ten years as a Manufacturing Engineer at Autosplice, an automotive manufacturing company. A new opportunity brought her to South Lake Tahoe where she lives and operates FATCO.

Break The Rules #41 - Sherry Strong |Sweet Freedom from Sugar Cravings

Mar 22, 2018 38:33


You've heard the stats before: Sugar is 8x more addicting than cocaine, and Americans today consume an average of 3 lbs. of sugar every WEEK. (Back in 1900, we ate 10 lbs. of sugar every YEAR). HOWEVER, no matter how much we know, WHY is sugar still so HARD to give up for some people? The answer goes beyond will power alone. If you've struggled with "fighting" your sweet tooth...here's some encouragement to break your own sugar "rules."

Break The Rules #40 - Dr. Michael Ruscio | Gut Healing DOESN'T Have to be Complicated

Mar 8, 2018 38:27


Gut "problems"--from bloating, to gas, SIBO, constipation and fungal overgrowth can be overwhelming! What labs, supplements and diets SHOULD you follow?! Guess what: It's not that complicated. Sometimes the SIMPLE THINGS make the BIGGEST difference. In this episode, gut specialist and functional medicine doctor, Dr. Michael Ruscio, explains all.

Break The Rules #38 - Real Beauty Model Stacy Nadeau |You ARE beautiful (believe it)! Breaking up with the "ideal" with Dove Campaign

Mar 1, 2018 41:50


There is only ONE of you, and YOU are a force to be reckoned with! Today's guest, body image expert and DOVE "Real Beauty" model and spokesperson Stacy Nadeau knows this all too well. On today's episode, Stacy shares all about being part of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty Movement over the past decade, and how she's learned not only to truly love herself more--but help others fight their own demons and inner critics.   Albert Einstein perhaps said it best: "Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, It will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Break The Rules #37 - Mark Newman of Precision Analytical: Understanding Adrenal Fatigue Myths & Truths

Feb 15, 2018 45:41


Do you have "Adrenal Fatigue?" Chronic stress affects approximately 90% of all Americans, resulting in what some may call "adrenal fatigue." Learn the signs and symptoms, the myths, and how to test your own hormones if you want to find out more.

Break The Rules #36 - Leanne Vogel | Debunking Myths About Keto for Women, Resetting Your Metabolism & Listening to YOUR Body

Feb 7, 2018 40:23


What's the deal with carbs: Good? Bad? It seems like no one can decide. Nutrition expert Leanne Vogel shares her story of trying every diet under the sun, and how she learned to stop tuning out the noise of everyone else, and listen to her body instead.

Break The Rules #35 - Leanne Vogel | Debunking Myths About Keto for Women, Resetting Your Metabolism & Listening to YOUR Body

Feb 1, 2018 49:29


What's the deal with carbs: Good? Bad? It seems like no one can decide. Nutrition expert Leanne Vogel shares her story of trying every diet under the sun, and how she learned to stop tuning out the noise of everyone else, and listen to her body instead.

Break The Rules #34 - Jimmy Moore | Understanding How Fat Works in the Body

Jan 25, 2018 31:16


"Fat does not make you fat"...but do you know why? Jimmy Moore, a founding father of the ketogenic lifestyle as we currently know it, does. Understand why and how fat works in the body, and how to use it to optimize your health.

Break The Rules #33 - Dr. Emily Gutierrez | Treating Autism & ADHD Naturally (Understanding the Brain Gut Connection)

Jan 18, 2018 47:11


Our kids are sick. 1 in 2 kids (more than 50%) have a chronic disease, including Autism, ADHD, ashthma, autoimmune disease and more. The crazy thing? It starts in the gut! Dr. Emily Guitterez of Neuro Nutrition Associates in Austin, Texas explains how we can influence our own health and our kids' health through gut health and nutrition alone.



Break The Rules #32 - Food Intolerance Testing 101 with Dr. Larson of Cyrex Labs

Dec 14, 2017 45:09


Are you intolerant to gluten? What about dairy? Nuts? How do you know?! There's ALOT of talk out there about food sensitivities and intolerances, and ALOT of ways to "get tested." Dr. Chad Larson from Cyrex Labs tells us what you need to know about what to test...where to spend your money (and where to save it)...and how to find out what foods do and do not work for your body.

Break The Rules #31 - Dr. Kirk Parsley | What Happens When You Sleep 6 Hours or Less?

Nov 30, 2017 01:18:09


We all know sleep does a body good, but what really happens when we don't get "enough?" Doc Kirk Parsley knows (and it's not pretty). While working as a doctor with Navy Seals who suffered from PTSD and poor quality sleep, he discovered that the concept "we will sleep when we are dead," is actually the opposite... "If we don't sleep enough, it will kill us." In this episode, find out how to boost your sleep quality and hack your health with just a little more shut eye...

Break The Rules #30 - James Maskell | Real Healthcare vs. Sickcare: The Evolution of Medicine

Nov 9, 2017 41:50


It's no secret our country is sick. 1 in 3 people have diabetes or are overweight, 1 in 5 struggle with chronic anxiety,1 in 6 women have an autoimmune condition and 1 in 5 have an eating disorder.    The solution? Medications, therapy, fad diets or being told "we will have to deal with it"...until now.   Functional Medicine leader James Maskell joins us on the show today to talk about what it means to transform SICKCARE to health care (and take our health back into our own hands).

Break The Rules #29 - Defining Balance with Shawna Curry

Nov 2, 2017 40:02


In the world of health and wellness, there's A LOT of noise of what diets to follow, supplements to take and cures to use for your gut health. Sometimes it's easy to get stressed and feel overwhelmed. And sometimes...the "answer" to healing imbalances or feeling good in your own skin is easier than you think.  

Break The Rules #28 - Lindsey Matthews |BirthFit | Fit for Pregnancy

Oct 25, 2017 42:28


Conceiving, pregnancy AND giving birth are no easy tasks. They require sweat, hard-work and determination to be the "fittest" you can be for the workout of your life (giving birth)-both inside and out. In this episode we're debunking myths about nutrition, fitness and health for women at all stages of pregnancy with expert "birth coach" herself, Lindsey Matthews, the founder of BirthFit, a doctor of chiropractic, and strength and conditioning coach. Learn how to get in your personal best shape for pregnancy (beyond the gym).   Lindsey is the proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2006. She is also a doctor of chiropractic, strength and conditioning coach at Deuce Gym, and birth doula. Lindsey believes in the innate wisdom and power of the female  human body. She is passionate about connecting and sharing the BIRTHFIT movement, which she started as a blog in 2011. Lindsey is on a mission to leave BIRTHFIT as her legacy and gift to this world

Break The Rules #27 - Calorie Counting Debunked: Why Calorie Counting Will Get You Nowhere

Oct 19, 2017 38:43


Why do calories matter? Or do they?...We've been bombarded with messages about eating low calories, less carbs, tracking our steps or logging our food in an App for as long as we can remember! But what if actually none of these things really matters? Psychotherapist Robyn Openshaw shares insights on what matters more than calories, from her new book "Vibe: Unlock the Energetic Frequencies of Limitless Health, Love &; Success"--helping us break free from My Fitness Pal slavery, once and for all.

Break The Rules #26 - Thyroid Troubleshooting: Getting to the Roots of Your "Wonky" Metabolism with McCall McPherson, PA-C

Oct 6, 2017 34:05


Functional Medicine practitioner McCall McPherson says she was  was 25 when she realized her life was in shambles and she couldn't find any one to help her. Long story short, McCall had silent signs of hypothyroidism and it wasn't until she stumbled in to functional medicine that she got her life and health back. Today, she helps other women do the same and is here to give us a crash course in thyroid 101.

Break The Rules #25 - Real Functional Fitness: How to Stop Wasting Time in the Gym with "Health Engineer" Garrett Salpeter, MSE

Sep 29, 2017 36:16


How can I stop spinning my wheels and actually see results in the gym? Bro-science tells us one thing...Functional medicine (and functional fitness) tells us another. Garrett Salpeter has discovered. "Health Engineer" and creator of "Neu-Fit"--a new fitness and rehabilitation technology-- quiets the "noise" in the fitness world to help us get the most out of our workouts (no running on hamster wheels included).

Break The Rules #24 - Finding Your Happy Weight w/ Nutritional Therapist: Daniele Della Valle

Sep 7, 2017 34:44


"I just want to lose 5 lbs" ...We've all been there before (wanting to changes something about our body). Nutritional Therapy Daniele Della Valle joins me on the podcast today to talk about what finding a "Happy Weight" really means. 

Break The Rules #23 - Your Gut is the Gateway to Health & Recovering from Thyroid Conditions with Michelle Hoover of Unbound Wellness

Aug 17, 2017 44:20


Sluggish metabolism? Fatigue? Weight imbalances? Approximately 1 in 4 Americans have some form of thyroid disease or “problem.” Michelle Hoover is one of them who went years, undiagnosed, and struggling with chronic health and gut issues. In her healing journey, she went on to found her blog Unbound Wellness  and help others heal from their own health, gut and autoimmune issues and shares with us today her insights on how to get to the “root” of any health issue you’re having.

Break The Rules #22 - What Does It Take to be Fit with Drew Manning

Aug 11, 2017 40:39


What does it take to be “fit?” How about, what does it take to be “fat?” Personal trainer gone viral, Drew Manning, knows. After working with clients who had body image issues and goals to be a “better version of themselves” for years, Drew wanted to see what it was like to be in their shoes. His mission? To become overweight so he could feel and experience exactly what his clients felt on a daily basis. On the show, Drew shares the insights he learned in his journey to becoming “unfit” in his 75 pounds weight gain experiment, followed by his road back to fitness again. He also shares how we can all become the “best versions” of ourselves with his secret sauce tips. 

Break The Rules #21 - Healing from Lyme Disease & Overcoming Incurable Health Conditions with Dr. Bill Rawls

Aug 3, 2017 33:10


Dr. Bill Rawls was an overworked doctor who was bent on helping heal and help others, until his own health took a toll and he had to learn how to heal himself. Dr. Rawls contracted Lyme Disease, often deemed as "incurable" or something he would always have. He shares his story in healing and how he's helping others break the rules of remission to do the same. 

Break The Rules #20 - Less is more |Getting "that body " with Ben greenfield

Jul 27, 2017 33:45


Do you ever feel like no matter hard you try the results you want are slow going? Ben Greenfield is an expert body hacker who shares a few secrets in getting what you want! 

Break The Rules #19 - Creating a Champion Mindset with CrossFit Games Athlete Noah Ohlsen

Jul 13, 2017 37:25


What does it take to do something that no one (including you) really thinks is possible? Noah Ohlsen knows. Five years ago he was a "scrawny" frat boy, fast forward today and he is a CrossFit Games athlete--on a mission to take the podium at the 2017 CrossFit Games at the end of July. On the show, he talks about how he went from a 155-pound snatch to almost 300-pound snatch, fighting inner critic demons and how he keeps his mind and heart strong to go after anything he puts his mindset to. 

Break The Rules #18 - Healing from Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac & Other Gut Issues Naturally with Scott Sundover, NIMA Founder

Jul 5, 2017 50:45


Scott Sundover was told by doctors he'd have to have surgery to remove his colon and use a bag to go to the bathroom for the rest of his life due to a severe case of Ulcerative Colitis that wreaked havoc on his gut. He found another way and today inspires others that no matter how bad your gut health is, there's a way to heal...naturally. 

Break The Rules #17 - Healing From The Biggest Loser: Former Biggest Loser Contestant Tracy Yukich

Jun 29, 2017 49:53


Former Biggest Loser Contestant Tracy Yukich tells all about her roller-coaster experience on the show, the metabolism mayhem she experienced, life afterwards and how she found food and body freedom AFTER.

Break The Rules #16 - Overcoming Eating & Body Image Issues (for good) with Carolyn Costin MFT

Jun 21, 2017 36:34


Think hating on your body or always needing to lose or gain "those last 10 pounds" is something you'll have to deal with forever? Think again. Carolyn Costin, founder of Monte Nido--a leading eating disorder recovery center in the U.S., joins me on the show today to talk about full recovery from eating and body image issues (for good). Carolyn shares her journey of healing herself from anorexia, sheds light on the double standards of the "health at every size" movement, and gives advice on attaining complete freedom in your mindset and life.

Break The Rules #15 - Healing from Autoimmune Disorders (and Becoming "Normal" Again) with Angie Alt of Autoimmune Paleo

Jun 14, 2017 45:45


Autoimmune disorders affect 1 in 4 Americans. Many doctors tell their patients they will "always have it" and there is "no cure." Angie Alt believes otherwise. Recovery is possible (and you CAN feel better than you do now). We break down the "rules" about Autoimmune Conditions and what recovery can look like.

Break The Rules #14 - Body Love + Food Freedom Breakout Session: Dr. Lauryn & Melanie Tell All

Jun 8, 2017 25:40


Recovery and freedom from eating disorders IS possible. Melanie, a fellow functional medicine practitioner and Registered Dietitian of My Body My Soul, based in Houston,  joins Dr. Lauryn on the Break the Rules podcast this week in her inaugural episode talking all about the myths and truths of eating disorder recovery, freedom and everything in between. Melanie is a new co-host to the show who will be joining Dr. Lauryn every other week for  Body Love + Food Freedom Breakout Sessions to discuss the nitty gritty truths and myths around dieting, body image, eating disorders and overcoming self-limiting beliefs. 

Break The Rules #13 - Beating Terminal Cancer & Breaking (Treatment) Rules with Bob Granger, NTP

Jun 6, 2017 42:35


What's the cure for cancer? Nutritional Therapist Bob Granger knows. He talks all about beating terminal brain cancer with this one slight edge approach your doctor may not tell you about. #breakcancerrules

Break The Rules #12 - Getting Kids to Eat (& Like) Real Food with Allyson Chrystal, MS, MOT, OTR/L

May 31, 2017 50:39


Goldfish, Doritos and Fruit Gushers are staples for most kids, however, kids deserve just as great of food as you do. How to get your kids to eat (and like) real food is seemingly always a battle in the kitchen, but it doesn't have to be. Occupational Therapist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist Allyson Chrystal joins me to chat how to fuel your kids with food that fuels their lives, and help kids recover from ADD/ADHD, Autism and sensory processing disorders.

Break The Rules #11 -Ketogenic for Women: Myths & Truths with Shawn Mynar, NTP

May 24, 2017 58:29


The ketogenic diet is a buzz word in diet world right now. What is it? Who's it for? And is it really bad for women? Nutritional Therapist Shawn Mynar explains more about who and who may not benefit from "going" keto, how she used it to heal from some serious health issues and why women every where should not fear butter.

Break The Rules #10 - Gluten is Good for You: Dr. John Douillard

May 18, 2017 33:23


Should I go gluten free? What's so bad about gluten anyway?! Will cutting out gluten help me feel better or think better? So many questions, and we've got answers on this week's episode! Talking all things Gluten and the gluten-free hype over the past 5-10 years with Dr. John Douillard aruveydic practitioner and author of the book "Eat Wheat."

Break The Rules #9 - Nutritional Therapist Cathy Eason: Fat Phobia is So 1992

May 10, 2017 01:16:09


Does fat make us fat? Although times are changing, it's still hard to believe fat is good for us! Cathy Eason,  a nutritional therapy practitioner with over 20 years of clinical experience, joins me on the show today to debunk the fat myth and put the fat phobia to rest with me once and for all. (P.S. Butter may be included).

Break The Rules #8 - Chris Kresser: Addressing Stress & Debunking Adrenal Fatigue

May 2, 2017 57:58


Stress is attributed to approximately 90 % of all disease, and I'm not just talking psychological or mental stress.   Globally recognized  functional medicine leader, Chris Kresser, joins me on the show today to break some rules today concerning the misconceptions about adrenal fatigue and the "elephant in the room"--stress, a main driver of disease.     Chris’s work and expertise is informed by his own experience recovering from a chronic, complex illness which began while he was traveling in Southeast Asia in his early 20s. After nearly 20 doctors could not help him recover, he decided to take his health into his hands. Today, he helps thousands of others do the same through his book the "Paleo Cure," his ADAPT  training course for functional medicine practitioners, his blog at chriskresser.com and clinical practice, the California Center for Functional Medicine.

Break The Rules #7 - Dr. Kenneth Brown: Conquering Bloating, Constipation & Understanding SIBO

Apr 25, 2017 47:52


“Gut health” and the “microbiome” are words that get tossed around like “clean eating” and “green juice.” This week, Dr. Kenneth Brown, a leading gastroenterologist and founder of the gut-healing supplement Atrantil, helps us understand what “poor gut health” actually means and takes a deep dive into a little-known gut pathology “SIBO.”

Break The Rules #6 - Cassy Joy Garcia: “Healthy Living Made Easy”

Apr 19, 2017 39:41


Who doesn’t love SIMPLE?! Cassy Joy Garcia, Popular blogger over at http://fedandfit.com and nutrition diva,  knows all about it when it comes to making healthy eating and fitness a part of your lifestyle.  This week we’re “breaking the rules” about how “healthy eating” doesn’t have to be so hard with some bonus grocery shopping tips you can use this week.

Break The Rules # 5 - Steph Gaudreau: “Boosting your Metabolism & Body Beyond Weight and Cardio"

Apr 11, 2017 56:49


This week we’re talking all things “diets,” weight loss and strength building with Steph Gaudreau a  holistic nutritionist, weightlifting coach, and best-selling author of the popular blog StupidEasyPaleo.com. Steph has been in the industry for quite some time and talks about her own history of wanting to have the “perfect body” and how she came to accept (instead) the skin she is in today.

Break The Rules #4 - Christy Harrison, with Loving Your Body at Any Size (No Rah Rah Pep Talk Needed)

Apr 4, 2017 34:35


Will we ever be 100% satisfied with the skin we're in? While diets, before and after transformation stories, Instagram fitness pics and blog articles tell us we can IF we just do this workout, eat that way or count our calories, the thing is 100% body satisfaction never comes. That is, it never comes until you learn how to practice this attitude. Christy Harrison, registered dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor joins me on the show to tell us all how we can truly love the skin we are in--inside and out.

Break The Rules #3 - Keith Norris | Weight Training Makes You Bulky (not) & Debunking Paleo Dieting

Mar 30, 2017 43:25


The "paleo diet" is all about low-carb, bacon and meatheads right?...Not so fast. On this episode, Keith Norris, co-founder of Paleof(x), an international conference for the paleo movement, explains what the word 'paleo' really means and the evolution he's witnessed over the past six years. As a fitness professional of more than 30 years, Keith also speaks to us ladies about the myths and truths of metabolism, weight training and fat loss. The good news? It involves butter...."

Break The Rules #2 - Robb Wolf | Debunking Real Diet Dogmas + How You're Wired to Eat"

Mar 28, 2017 49:15


Episode 2 welcomes New York Times’ Bestselling author Robb Wolf to talk about his recently released book, “Wired to Eat,” debunking diet industry’s dogma to “eat less and move more.”

Break The Rules #1

Mar 19, 2017 22:56


Episode 1 features the inspiration behind “Break the Rules” with the story Dr. Lauryn’s own 14-year journey of overcoming a severe eating disorder that almost took her life— how she found freedom and a message of inspiration to help you do the same (no matter what food, health or mindset rut you’re in).