My 25 recommended podcasts

Podcasts are a huge part of my life. I work alone, so the hosts keep me company when I’m there – but also whilst I’m driving, cooking, cleaning, in the gym, walking the dogs – oh!

Side note! I haven’t blogged since we got our second pug, Guido.

We brought him home in October, and he and Weezy are now best of friends!

Our pugs: Weezy & Guido

Our pugs: Weezy & Guido

Our pugs: Weezy & Guido

Our pugs: Weezy & Guido

Anyway, I’d heard of podcasts for years, but always dismissed them without giving it much thought.

When Weezy was a puppy and walkies started getting a bit longer each day, I tried out listening to audiobooks, but found the credit system frustrating, and got annoyed when I found myself not paying full attention.

One day I discovered that podcasts are free, and easy to access from my phone – so that’s how I got started – on the Apple Podcasts app.

I searched the categories – probably for “health” or something similar – and downloaded a few to get me going.

I didn’t really know what to expect, but I liked watching YouTube videos and hoped podcasts would be something similar.

I suppose they are, but they would be better described as being like radio shows without the music.

Over the years I have subscribed and unsubscribed to many podcasts. However, the ones below remain my favourites.

I have chosen a few of the shows that I’ve found to be the most memorable and most enjoyable for each podcast that I love.

Almost 30

Almost 30 podcast

I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking of hosts Krista Williams and Lindsay Simcik as friends of mine.

When I tune in each week, I realise that girls my age all over the world think just like me and my friends do.

Krista and Lindsay’s conversations can get heavy quite suddenly, but no matter how weird and wonderful the topic, they don’t scoff at anything spiritual. It’s like a safe place for being open to new concepts.

And they do it in the most fun, lovable and hilarious way – this is my favourite podcast.

Episodes I recommend:

The School of Greatness

School of Greatness Podcast

Lewis Howes is a self-made millionaire, who climbed his way to the top by asking questions and following mentors.

He brings his knowledge-pulling techniques to his podcast, where he interviews experts, entrepreneurs and celebrities to glean further insights.

The broad range of conversations remain down to earth, thanks to Lewis’s humble beginnings, so it makes for easy but valuable listening.

It’s no wonder it’s one of the most successful podcasts out there.

Episodes I recommend:

Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations Podcast

It’s the number one podcast for a reason.

Oprah Winfrey goes deep in her interviews, no matter the platform.

Her podcast is sometimes a little too spiritual to handle, but mostly, whether I’ve heard of the guest or not, it’s a really interesting listen.

She brings on the odd celebrity friend, and they always open up to her more than they would any other interviewer, so it often gets emotional.

Episodes I recommend:

Learn True Health

Learn True Health Podcast

True to it’s name… in more ways than one, this is the podcast which I have learned the most from.

Once overweight, overworked, depressed, pre-diabetic and infertile, host Ashley James has turned her life around and now she is a strong example of practicing what you preach.

Although the episodes are sometimes a little over-long, Ashley loves nothing more than to geek-out about techniques that can improve our health.

The podcast is for the advanced health-seeker as it gets quite niche at times, but the episodes remain totally understandable for beginners thanks to Ashley’s clear explanations whenever her guest experts get a too technical.

It’s brought about many changes my life as a result and I struggled to whittle down my favourite episodes.

Episodes I recommend:

Ultimate Health

Ultimate Health Podcast

Husband and wife duo Jesse Chappus & Marni Wasserman always have good guest experts from across the health and wellness field.

Whilst they tend to feature guests who are doing the podcast “rounds” to promote a book launch, Jesse and Marni always make a conscious effort to find new angles and ask the questions no one else has.

It’s also very clear that they actually read the books and research their guests before meeting them, which always results in a better quality interview.

Episodes I recommend:

The Lucas Rockwood Show

The Lucas Rockwood Show

Formally The Yoga Body Podcast, Lucas is probably the healthiest host I listen to, so what he says does have a lot of clout.

His goal is longevity, and so his podcast is an opportunity to discuss the latest health research, which can sometimes be a little controversial.

He knows a lot about a lot, but his particular area of interest is nutrition.

While his podcasts – particularly the interview part – tend to be very short, he ends by answering a couple of listener questions in great depth, which I always enjoy.

Episodes I recommend:

The Highest Self Podcast

Highest Self Podcast

Admittedly sometimes host Sahara Rose is a bit too intense for me, but her knowledge is unique and impressive, which makes her stand out in an oversaturated podcast community.

Sahara is an Ayurveda practitioner, which is an ancient Indian science, that uses simple lifestyle changes to get the body and mind into balance, focusing on food as medicine.

She does do the odd “in flow” episode, which many listeners must love because she keeps doing them, but they’re just not my cup of tea.

Otherwise, she has some very interesting guests and a lot of wisdom to share about her own field of expertise – one that I believe many people could benefit from knowing about.

Episodes I recommend:

Feel Better Live More

Feel Better Live More Podcast

Special, because it is the only British podcast I’ve been able to put up with!

Dr Rangan Chatterjee aims to bring simple lifestyle hacks to the forefront – ways to help make being healthy every day less of a challenge.

His interviews are always very detailed and I often find myself telling others about facts and statistics that I’ve heard from this podcast.

Episodes I recommend:

The Model Health Show

The Model Health Show Podcast

Although not always my favourite podcast, Shawn Stevenson is a likeable host and he really does love a good bit of research.

His specialist area is sleep, but Shawn often publishes individual episodes in which he takes multiple studies on any given health-related subject and breaks down the results for listeners to better understand.

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