One of my dear childhood friends, Kristen Ponger, is a producer for one of the most amazing radio shows in the country, An Organic Conversation. About four years ago when the show was still fairly new, Kristen invited me on to talk about my non-profit, Four years later, the show has skyrocketed in popularity because its hosts – Helge and Sita – have their finger on the pulse of what’s becoming more and more important to Americans: healthy living and sustainable lifestyle choices. I was delighted to be invited back on, this time in tandem with Dr. John Douillard. Since January, we’ve been partnering to share recipes for his 3 Season Diet Challenge (such as this Vegetarian Mung Bean Soup). On this episode, we dive into the benefits of eating seasonally and how it can contribute to weightloss and overall wellbeing. You’ll especially want to listen to this as Spring unfolds its petals and the first harvest of the year begins to ripen!

Aired: April 25, 2015
Click to listen to the podcast now:
Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 11.53.27 AM
Or download from iTunes, Stitcher and other national podcast outlets.

About the Episode:

The science of Ayurveda teaches us how to live in balance with our own nature and with nature around us. By eating detoxifying foods in the spring, hydrating foods in the summer, and grounding foods in the winter, we follow the seasonal rhythms of the harvest and of our own bodies.

About An Organic Conversation:

After 5 years of bringing health, sustainability, and green lifestyle topics to the airwaves and into homes across the nation, An Organic Conversation has grown into one of the leading radio shows discussing innovative solutions to today’s environmental and social challenges, healthy living and sustainable choices.

The show is hosted by organic industry veterans Helge Hellberg and Sitarani Palomar who combined offer listeners over 50 years of expertise in the green and organic movement and marketplace. In their weekly program, Helge and Sita navigate a range of topics such as organic food production, gardening, nutrition, holistic pet care, renewable energies, waste reduction, and much more. An Organic Conversation is your show on everything that makes life worth living.

About the Hosts:

Helge Hellberg is an educator, consultant, radio talk-show host, and organic food advocate widely respected for his innovative work in the field of sustainability, ecology, and human health. Helge’s contributions and projects have been featured in dozens of articles and TV segments including CNN, ABC, and CBS, the Huffington Post, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Earth Magazine, and local and regional SF Bay Area television stations, magazines, and newspapers. Helge is a distinguished speaker and guest lecturer at events and conferences throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has advised businesses, organizations, local and state governments, as well as U.S. Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives on agricultural challenges and opportunities.

Sitarani Palomar is a fashion and beauty expert and a natural chef with a unique approach to personal wellness that integrates holistic nutrition, organic textiles and seasonal skincare, helping people to find their beauty from the inside out as well as from the outside in. After working for over 10 years in the culinary and fashion industries in New York City and San Francisco, she is now a consultant to and brand ambassador for natural and organic companies.

About the Guests:


Well, you know me, but here’s a lil’ update on my bio :). Emma Frisch is the author of Frisch Kitchen, a food blog with over 500 original recipes and videos. As a chef, Emma was a Top Finalist on Season 10 of Food Network’s show – Food Network Star – where she took her passion for “food with roots” to over 30 million viewers nationwide, sharing healthy, adventurous recipes that celebrate seasonal ingredients. She is the Culinary Director and Co-Founder of Firelight Camps, a luxury camping hotel in the Finger Lakes region of New York which has been featured in Vogue, Wall Street Journal, and several other publications. She and her husband formerly owned La Buena Onda, their first boutique hotel and restaurant in Nicaragua. Emma was the founder and former director of a crowdfunding platform for non-profits, PEAKS, and is a founding member of Groundswell International, an international non-profit that strengthens healthy farming and food systems in rural communities around the world. Emma has over a decade of experience in building farm-to-city and farm-to-institution relationships, and was a former farmer at Millstone Farm in Wilton, CT. She lives on the banks of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY with her husband.


John Douillard, DC publishes a free video newsletter 3 times a week proving the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with modern science at where you will also find over 500 health videos and self-help articles. He has written six books, produced numerous health DVDs and CDs, and has formulated his own line of organic health care products. He is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, he has been a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show and has been featured in Woman’s World Magazine, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal and dozens of other publications. He currently directs the LifeSpa Ayurvedic Center in Boulder, CO, where he lives with his wife and six children. Join Dr. John for the (Free!) 3 Season Diet Challenge for 12 months of seasonal guidance.