62. Adult Health and Wellness, PG18

“The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness. “

-Arthur Schopenhauer

Oh, this was a fun one and the FIRST cast I give a mild adult warning to, this is more for the ears of an 18+ year old… but, if we are really honest, you could walk down any average high school hallway and hear far more aggressive speak (if you can crack the millennial language code #botox).

On this cast I welcome, Connie Pretula, a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Menopause Mentor, Burning Man enthusiasts (does that could if you’ve gone at least once? I think so:), and all-around specialists in having fun, enjoying life, and seeking balance in all that she pursues. Connie is bold, open, and experienced and her willingness to share and be honest made for an amazing conversation that everyone can learn something from. Including the “healthiest” alcohol drink you can order, you guessed it, TEQUILA, and she shares why. Connie’s journey is a varied one, including a wealth of corporate experience, a body building contest at 51, and pivot into the entrepreneurial world, again, Burning Man (completely SOBER!?!), and all the angles on wellness and nutrition (for life, not just competition) that you can pack in between. Wellness is a balance of all things and Connie is the living proof: fitness, nutrition, sex, mentality, community, spiritually, and continuous evolution. Let’s just say a consultation with Connie is a one stop shop, haha… but seriously. Enjoy!

The all-natural “moisturizer” that Connie recommends. Fellas take note as well, it’s a team effort… Too much? Middle school is that way–>


Questioning a better way… on ALL levels. Nutrition and wellness and sexuality. Libations, liberation, and being ok talking about our bodies and minds changing as we age. It’s never too late or too early to improve your life, try something new, or start over. Open your mind, your heart, and chase what you really want to do. Full body wellness and varsity spirit… and spirits.

Connie Pretula

Nutrition is the foundation of our health, as a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Mentor for women navigating menopause, Connie Pretula guides her clients to better living through better food choices and taking time for themselves.
Experiencing first-hand the challenges of menopause and extreme pain due to adrenal fatigue, her passion is to educate and guide women 40+ to experience the restorative and therapeutic effects of nutrition along with incorporating lifestyle enhancements. Yes, you can feel amazing in menopause! 

While nurturing healthy eating habits, Connie also helps her clients understand the impact food, personal care products and lifestyle choices have on the planet. Her belief is that our health extends beyond our body, if we don’t do what is healthy for the planet, what we do for our body is of little value. 

Connie’s career has focused on personalized one on one consultations, she is a seasoned public speaker, former faculty of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and life- long learner.
She lives in Vancouver BC and works with clients in-person and virtually. 

Fun Fact – Her passion for nutrition stems from personal experience and competitive body building at the age of 51. 






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61. Elevate Your Spark

“I am so happy and grateful now that I realize that I have the time to accomplish everything I want to accomplish in my day.” 

That is the affirmation that Donna gave me mid cast to elevate my spark… and it’s working:)! I am pumped to welcome Donna Deteau to the T&T mic, she is a connect from one of my fave former Grandview High School laxers, Maddie, also a T&T guest herself (Ep. 17)- you know I love connects of connects! This is an awesome cast, packed full of things you can do right now to elevate your spark, dial in your goals, and sharpen your edge. Get the mind right and universe, body, and the people you keep around you will follow. Donna lays down some small, but powerful skills you can practice on the daily without over committing to a major routine. If you are an athlete looking to elevate your game, a business person looking to make more money and see the opportunity in front of you, or if your someone looking to better your communication and relationships with people (and yourself)- this one is for you. We discuss goal setting, life skills, mindset, and the power of affirmations. We are what we think. Take notes on this one and follow up with Donna accordingly if you want to go further- I highly recommend it! Change your mind, change your life!


Mindset and the power of thoughts. Elevating your spark, on all levels. Practical skills you can do right now to dial in your thinking. Affirmations and goals. Intentions and knowing one’s self. Community and conscious awareness. Communication and relationships. Making money and being ok with abundance. Believing that anything is possible. 

Donna Deteau

Donna was born in Texas but at the age of 8, when she and her family visited Colorado for the first time, she realized that Colorado was her “heart home.” Every day, she expresses deep gratitude to be able to live in the physical place of her heart home.

Donna spent 1/3 of her life in corporate America, 1/3 in nonprofits and 1/3 as an entrepreneur. She founded 2 other successful businesses before she became a Success Building Coach: a catering biz and a renovation biz.

She shared with me that when she was catering, she thought, “this is my purpose…to make events, parties and holidays easier and worry-free for others”. Then, when she was renovating, she thought “this is my purpose in life…to design and create living spaces for people who want a better home but don’t know how to go about creating it”.

But it was when she began coaching that she experienced true passion, jumping out of bed every single day so excited for the day to begin. She told me “I am so grateful that coaching others found me because now I’m in service to others every day of my life. My clients get the tools to understand who they really are — their true, authentic selves. And they get the tools to get exactly what they want, whether that be earn enough to retire early, purchase and live in their dream home, create a relationship and/or family, travel the world 6 months out of the year, or simply earn a 7-figure income.”

“Coaching”, she says, “is the life that I was born to do.”

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Donna Deteau

Elevate Your Spark!



59. Next Level Income

“When you understand that your self-worth is not determined by your net-worth, then you’ll have financial freedom.” 

–Suze Orman

This is the 3rd podcast of PodMax Live, round 2! Continuing on the “money” theme and conversation around investing, integrity, and even bringing that athlete competitive mentality to business. Chris shares his journey and process and even touches on CrossFit… some of you will either love it or fast forward ha. Either way this cast is chalk full of great info, particularly if you are parents and you are working to get into the conversation of money, wealth, and saving for your kiddos. Chris breaks it down how he works with his kids around money, how often they go to the bank, and their “inner family” savings conversations. Chris has his MBA, is a fellow podcaster, and is the author of, you guessed it, Next Level Income. Next Level Income focuses on how to make, keep, and grow your money using the “holy grail of real estate” to achieve financial independence. Get that long term, generational wealth paper! Cheers, enjoy:)


Competing as an athlete and as a business person. Saving, investing, real estate, long term generational wealth. Kids and money. Financial education. Financial tools, resources, books, and podcasts. Finding your authentic self, operating with integrity, and creating passive income so you can enjoy the journey in alignment… aka that much more. Questioning a better way, graceful disruption. 

Christopher Larsen

Christopher Larsen is the founder and Managing Partner of Next-Level Income, through which he helps investors become financially independent through education and investment opportunities. Chris has been investing in and managing real estate for over 20 years. While completing his degree in Biomechanical Engineering and M.B.A. in Finance at Virginia Tech, he bought his first single-family rental at age 21. During his subsequent career in the medical device industry, Chris expanded into development, private-lending, buying distressed debt as well as commercial office, and ultimately syndicating multifamily properties. He began syndicating deals in 2016 and has been actively involved in over $150M of real estate acquisitions. In addition to real estate, Chris has invested in equities, oil & gas, and small business lending, as well as being active in Venture South, one of the nation’s Top 10 Angel Investing groups. Chris lives with his wife and two boys in Asheville, NC where he loves spending time with them in the outdoors and enjoying the food and culture that the region has to offer.

Next Level Income (the book):

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Chris Larsen wrote his book, Next-Level Income, to illustrate how the goal of investing shouldn’t be just about money. This book is not only about investing in real estate; it is about the search for financial freedom and the freedom that it can provide in your life. In the book, Chris shares some of his life experiences and why he now invests in real estate. His mission in writing the book was to help others achieve financial independence.

Chris bought his first rental property at age 21 and has spent the last 20 years owning, managing and investing in many types of real estate. He also has spent more than 15 years in the medical device industry working with doctors and surgeons. Today he enjoys working with individuals to help them Make money, Keep more money and ultimately grow their money through what he calls “The Holy Grail” of real estate.

In the pages of this book, Chris shares his experiences of how he achieved financial freedom. You will learn how Chris can help you create a life of financial freedom so that you can live life on your own terms, and focus on your passions in life.



58. Young Entrepreneurship

Young aspiring entrepreneurs, this cast is for you! This is the second cast of Podmax Live round 2 and we are focusing on money, investing, and business- from the young person’s perspective. I welcome Trevor Oldham on to the T&T mic to share his business journey 23 years in the making… yes, he is just 23 and has started several businesses, is thriving in his current one, Podcasting You, and is now a published author! Trevor shares his successes and failures, from product reselling, to knock offs (by accident!), to deep importance of customer service. It is so inspiring to see a young person chase their dreams early AND do it with integrity at the forefront of the mission. It’s not all about money, it’s about people and the way you treat them. There are some great biz tips and tricks in here and if you’re just looking to try something out small and a new entrepreneur, you just might be able to repeat some of Trevor’s initial steps- grab a note pad. We cover the startup, influencer marketing, and everything in-between! Great work, Trevor, can’t wait to see what is next for you! Cheers!!


Entrepreneurship at a young age, high school, college, post college. Business failures and successes. How to get a business started. The importance of people and customer service. Influencer marketing, reselling, and lessons learned hard. From making $7/hour to starting a business and making much, much more… questioning a better way. 

Trevor Oldham, Founder of Podcasting You

As the founder of Podcasting You, I understand that it can be difficult to reach your audience in a noisy world.

That’s why I started Podcasting You in 2017 from my dorm room after seeing the first-hand results from being a podcast guest and being able to speak directly to my ideal audience on a 1-on-1 format.

I knew that there were successful individuals whom the world needed to know about and hear from, but haven’t had the chance to share their story.

Through being an expert podcast guest, we give our clients the opportunity to directly speak to their ideal audience and share their story and expertise which leads to increase leads, attracting new customers, and growing their brand. If you are looking to have us Podcast You, please apply here

Podcasting You is a done for you podcast booking agency that enables six and seven-figure individuals to speak to their ideal audience to increase leads, attract new customers, and grow their brand.

44. Entering and Exiting Pharmaceuticals

 We are further diving into nutrition/wellness AND business here! I sit down with 3 awesome ladies who were all long-time athletes turned pharmaceutical reps turned entrepreneurs. They share their journeys into the pharma world, their experience in it, why they got out, and how the whole process inspired them to do what they do now- help people! If you see the glam life of a pharma rep and wonder if it’s true (the clothes, the cars, the money), it is, to a degree. What is not as easily seen is the daily grind, which ends up being not that glamorous and that’s not to mention the process of questioning what you are actually selling. These 3 ladies keep it real discussing prevention vs. prescription, food vs. medicine, and questioning a better way in general. At this point MOST of us know there is no quick fix, it’s a lifelong, daily decision to live well. We, the people, are in charge of our health, we are the ones responsible. That being said, there is SO much to know, incredible marketing companies with endless budgets (for better and worse) and doctors that only have so much power, find your “healthy advisor team” (doctors, nutritionists, coaches, athletes, enthusiasts, etc.) and keep them close. This is an ongoing conversation. 🙂


Prevention vs. prescriptions, questioning a better way. Generational lifestyles. Food as fuel. Responsibility and seeking the truth. Pharma reps and their real experience, drug dealers? 

Jen Stiffler is a Southern California native, D1 scholarship athlete, coach’s wife, Mom to three, CHD warrior advocate. A recovering pharmaceutical rep of 10+ years turned whole food advocate. Founder and CEO of FREEasaMOTHER, where she loves helping Mama’s not just survive but thrive in Motherhood and business.  Jen loves helping women create a life of abundance and joy through health and wealth. She enjoys working out, live music, supporting her husband’s team, making memories with her three kids and coaching people to love, live and serve bigger.  She’ll share her transformative story from skeptic to all in and how she broke her golden handcuffs in order to be a fully present mother. Also, her journey through two children born with undiagnosed heart defects and how it led her to fix her heart and create a life that prioritized her families hopes and dreams not her employers. @Iamfreeasamother

Stephanie Gits is a mom of two beautiful girls Ages 12 and 10 and married to her husband Clayton Gits. Stephanie partnered with the Juice Plus company and reached the top level of the company within 3 years of starting.  She is a 100 Club Presidential National Marketing director.  She was nominated as 12 Club member of the year at the 2016 Elton Awards, she won 24 Club member of the year at the 2017 Elton Awards, and she was nominated for 39 club of the year at the 2018 Elton’s.  She has completely embraced the mission to inspire healthy living and is passionate about helping others reach THEIR goals.  She loves helping people recognize and achieve one’s fullest potential so that they can be the BEST version of themselves! @helpingmammasbehappy

Jennifer Saval is a 39 Club Executive Marketing Director. She was awarded 12 Club Rookie of the Year Elton Award winner in 2017 (her very first Elton’s). She was nominated for the Elton for 12 Club of the Year in 2018. And in 2019 she won the 24 Club of the Year Elton. She earned National Marketing Director in just over two years and is raising up incredible leaders, including her first National Marketing Director. Jennifer is retired from a successful career in corporate America and for the last 10 years has been a stay-at-home mom with her husband, Ben and two boys, Sutton and Luke.  She was Captain of her collegiate field hockey team, top tier in her pharmaceutical sales force and a successful Realtor but none of it compares to the passion and purpose she experiences helping others live healthier, stronger lives. Jennifer’s Juice Plus+ business has created an a five-figure a month income stream that gives her family choices and the option to say “yes” to live life fuller and bigger. She is dreaming again and enjoying helping others fulfill their dreams too. @projectdreamomma 

42. Food Is Medicine

You are what you eat ! AND we are home consuming right now… food, media, oxygen… at least the air is cleaner during this time! What is the real impact of the food we are putting into our bodies? Are there larger questions we should be asking? What about our kids and youth nutrition? So. Many. Things!

Join me, Dr. Teddy Brose, and former nurse, Karla Jones, as we discuss food as medicine and how we navigate these conversations with medical staff, kids, and ourselves. They share their journeys to a healthier lifestyle and how simple changes (while tough at first) can change the trajectory of your health journey and the loved ones you look out for. We talk about responsibly and why taking charge of your own health and knowledge around what you’re consuming is so important. We discuss how to lead the way for kids to make better nutritional choices, even while at school or at a friend’s house and how to provide space for further conversation so they really understand why. We talk about little changes you can make now to eat cleaner and change the trajectory of your health. The wellness, health, and fitness spaces are all business- arm yourself with knowledge!


Questioning a better way. Why don’t doctors and nurses know more about nutrition? They are not nutritionists:) Kids and food. Kids and sugar. Plant based vs. the standard American diet. Changing one small thing vs. everything. Wellness, fitness, and business. What to do now? 

Dr. Teddy Brose is a physician in Appomattox, Virginia. She specializes in Family Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine and works closely with her patients in the application of evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine for the prevention, treatment and reversal of chronic diseases. She further facilitates the Complete Health Improvement Program in her community, a three month comprehensive lifestyle medicine program which aims to educate and arm its participants with the tools necessary for success in their journey to health and wellness. She further teaches numerous free class’s in her community and does a monthly Walk with a Doc program where she discusses various health related topics while taking a walk with community members. 

Karla Jones is a mom of 3 young kids and wife to a college baseball coach. She is a master’s prepared nurse turned mama on a mission from Central VA. She loves running, a good book, building things with her hands, and sharing her simple tips for a healthier lifestyle. After learning the relationship between nutrition and disease, something she wasn’t educated on in nursing school, she’s been on a mission to pay forward this important information. She’s partnered with a company whose mission is to inspire health living around the world. Most people strive to live a healthier lifestyle, but find where to start a challenge. Karla is able to help people ignite their journey with one simple change. This incredible partnership has allowed her to live her best life and inspire others to do the same. She is all about making impact for good in helping families thrive! This is what has lead her to become a #mamasetfree.

35. Taking The Leap

Following your dreams are hard (#cardio), and often times those dreams change. As we grow, evolve, and gain experience (usually the hard way), we get clear on what we want AND more specific on what we actually need. Navigating the process from the initial idea of wanting to change/chase the dream to actually taking that first step in the chase is the HARDEST part.

On this cast I sit down with varsity human and all-around go-getter, Janine Shae. Janine is a fitness enthusiast, hailing from the financial world, where she stayed only long enough to realize it wasn’t for her. She dodged the golden handcuffs and she took the leap to chase her young entrepreneurial dreams. She shares her journey from the corporate world to buying a hotel in a hard part of town to the startup world and back again, in search of investors- all while under 35! She is now launching her second biz from pure heart space AND her clear visibility of a gap in the fitness market. Introducing Flex Gym Share. Let’s just say it’s like the Lyft of gym memberships… sharing your gym membership with fellow fitness enthusiasts- benefitting the athlete, gym, and everyone else involved along the way. Check this cast out to hear the full 411… it’s packed full of wise words and noteworthy lessons, particularly if you are an entrepreneur. Like Janine, her team is impressive. If you haven’t heard of Flex gym Share yet, you will (her team members are from Facebook, Uber, etc). Take notes on this one!


Questioning a better way. Entrepreneurs. Trial and error. Full circle learnings, building the foundation. Prioritizing what you really want in life- kids, time, spouses. Taking the leap to a better day and way!

Janine Shae:

Janine is a former investment banker turned serial entrepreneur. For years she’s found strength and sanctuary in the gym. Her motto is, “Through discipline comes joy,” which she finds especially true with a workout regimen. Janine saw a huge opportunity to help more people find joy through fitness by eliminating the factors that compromise discipline. She founded Flex with the goal to remove cost as a barrier for millions to live healthier lives, and to provide easier access to fitness facilities wherever you go. Janine is a champion for gyms and equally dedicated to helping operators build more profitable and engaged communities.