The Autoimmune Wellness Podcast Episode #15: Step 7: In-Depth with Angelo Coppola

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Welcome to The Autoimmune Wellness Podcast Season 1! We’ve created this podcast as a free resource to accompany our upcoming book, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook: A DIY Guide to Living Well with Chronic Illness.

Episode #15: Step 7: In-Depth with Angelo Coppola is an episode with a popular, and very unique voice, in the wider Paleo community about how connection with others and nature deeply impacts not just our wellness, but our whole lives. Angelo discusses leaving his high-powered career to focus on family and his place in the natural world, his philosophy of “humans are not broken,” and exploring how removing some things from his life actually expanded it greatly. He also talks with us about a really refreshing view he has about not seeing our bodies, especially those with autoimmune disease, as broken, but seeing disease as warning signs of environmental inputs that need to change. Angelo also explores with us the relationship humans have to the natural world (his take is that we are nature) and his ideas about “ambient anxiety.” This is a great episode for anyone who wants to think about connection in a whole new light.

If you want to explore some of our conversation more, take a look at the “How to Start Connecting with Nature” section in Chapter 7. This section provides ideas on getting started with simple connection to nature.

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Show Notes:

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 2:00 Introducing Angelo
  • 2:30 Angelo shares about how his connections changed after he left his high-powered career
    • He feels those connections actually helped him connect more to himself
  • 6:09 What it felt like when Angelo made the decision to shift his lifestyle
    • He is always focused on “tweaking in the right direction,” rather than perfectionism in his life
  • 10:00 What is Angelo’s philosophy “humans are not broken?”
    • Be careful of the often used marketing idea that you are inadequate
    • Explore the idea that you may need to reduce, rather than increase in life
  • 14:30 Angelo discusses how we can reject the idea that our bodies are broken, but instead consider environmental inputs that may be negative
  • 16:00 Angelo shares his view that humans and nature are not in relationship
    • He believes we are the same as nature
    • He shares his great quote, “Our modern lives are a dumbing down of nature.”
  • 22:20 The key components that Angelo sees as contributing to autoimmune disease
    • Diet
    • Lack of “baked right in” natural experiences
  • 28:08 “Ambient Anxiety” and whether or not we should look for an anxiety to it?
    • Angelo suggests seeing stress/anxiety as a pain response pointing to a root cause
  • 36:00 Outro

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Check out the previous episode, Episode #14: Step 7: Connect – Our Stories, and the next episode, Episode #16: Putting Together All the Steps of The Autoimmune Wellness Journey. For the full podcast archive, click here.

About Grace Heerman

Grace Heerman is a writer, content coach and yoga teacher from Seattle. Grace designs websites and creates content that capture how great her clients are so they can effectively and authentically share their expertise with the world. Here at Autoimmune Wellness, Grace writes book reviews, manages blog content, and organizes social media publishing. She splits her time between living in Seattle with her friends, Minnesota with her family, and Asia, where she likes to spend the winter months. You can find out where she is now on Instagram and learn more about how she balances work and travel on her website, Said with Grace.


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