043 – Mary Thomas – on Healing, The Expectations of Birth and Embracing Surrender

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today we are joined by the beautiful Mary Thomas.

Before we begin, there is a **Mindful Warning** to proceed with care, as this episode discusses fertility, birth and suicide, please exercise caution and kindness to yourself while listening as these topics may be triggering for some.

Mary is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, yoga and pilates teacher and a content creator, among many other things. Over the years Mary has dedicated countless hours to healing from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), an eating disorder, anxiety, depression and past trauma, so that she could fulfil her life long dream of becoming a mother.

‘Wellness’ is the perfect word to describe Mary’s passion and purpose. She has wholeheartedly shaped her life around it and inspires her Instagram community each and every day with ways to improve their own. Today’s conversation is for anyone that has ever encountered illness or mental health issues, for anyone who has ever wanted to become a mother or who has gone through birth, and this episode is for anyone who has ever known struggle of any kind.

The message in this episode is so so special and we are so excited to bring it to you in time for Mother’s Day. Mums are so incredible and they have so much strength and resilience to go through the birthing experience, they truly are heroes and Mary’s story today is a true reminder of that strength.

In this episode we talk about evolving online, rebranding and being authentic to our individual growth. We discuss Mary’s experience with PCOS, bulimia, mental illness, her travels and wellness journey and we are guided into an incredible account of her birth story, with some incredible wisdom to take away from it. If you’ve been thinking about or are looking forward to getting pregnant or having a baby one day, then I definitely recommend you dive into this beautiful episode.

You can contact and connect with Mary via Instagram at @marythomaswellness and myself at @stephsanzaro
Thank you for joining us today, you can stay up to date with all of the upcoming episodes by pressing the subscribe button before you head off.

If any of the topics in today’s podcast brought up anything for you, take the time to reflect and to reach out to the appropriate support networks and services. It is never weak to speak. Please note these episodes do not serve as mental health advice.

Happy listening xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today we are joined by the beautiful Mary Thomas.

Before we begin, there is a **Mindful Warning** to proceed with care, as this episode discusses fertility, birth and suicide, please exercise caution and kindness to yourself while listening if these topics may be triggering for you.

Mary is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, yoga and pilates teacher and a content creator, among many other things. Over the years Mary has dedicated countless hours to healing from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), an eating disorder, anxiety, depression and past trauma, so that she could fulfil her life long dream of becoming a mother.

‘Wellness’ is the perfect word to describe Mary’s passion and purpose. She has wholeheartedly shaped her life around it and inspires her instagram community each and every day with ways to improve their own. Today’s conversation is for anyone that has ever encountered illness or mental health issues, for anyone who has ever wanted to become a mother or who has gone through birth, and this episode is for anyone who has ever known struggle of any kind.

The message in this episode is so so special and we are so excited to bring it to you in time for Mother’s Day. Mums are so incredible and they have so much strength and resilience to go through the birthing experience, they truly are heroes and Mary’s story today is a true reminder of that strength.

In this episode we talk about evolving online, rebranding and being authentic to our individual growth. We discuss Mary’s experience with PCOS, bulimia, mental illness, her travels and wellness journey and we are guided into an incredible account of her birth story, with some incredible wisdom to take away from it. If you’ve been thinking about or are looking forward to getting pregnant or having a baby one day, then I definitely recommend you dive into this beautiful episode.

You can contact and connect with Mary via Instagram at @marythomaswellness and myself at @stephsanzaro
Thank you for joining us today, you can stay up to date with all of the upcoming episodes by pressing the subscribe button before you head off.

If any of the topics in today’s podcast brought up anything for you, take the time to reflect and to reach out to the appropriate support networks and services. It is never weak to speak. Please note these episodes do not serve as mental health advice.

Happy listening xx


038 – You Are Not Alone – Managing Anxiety, Miscarriage and Cultivating Self-Care with Bec Connolly

Episode 38 comes with a Trigger Warning for *Miscarriage*.

I recommend erring on the side of caution and moving through this episode mindfully. Feel free to put down the podcast at any time and to reflect upon the feelings that it may raise. Take the time to journal and to validate how it makes you feel. The invitation is always there to pick the podcast up again and to listen to this incredible story of hope.

Bec is the founder of Botanicals by Luxe, an incredible natural skin care brand taking Australia by storm. She is the proud mum to Ollie and Jack and wife to loving husband Nato. In this episode we discuss learning to manage anxiety and accessing mental health care, raising awareness for miscarriage, tools for self-care and slowing down, skin hacks for this season, building a business, ‘mum guilt’ and prioritising self-care and setting boundaries.

This is a powerful episode that encapsulates so much beauty and wisdom in only 53 minutes! That’s just how incredible Bec truly is! You can connect with Bec via Instagram over at @botanicalsbyluxe.

You can find your host over at @stephsanzaro. Happy listening xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am joined by the radiant Bec Connolly for a very very special episode.

Before we begin, I must give a *Trigger Warning* for *Miscarriage*.
I recommend erring on the side of caution and moving through this episode mindfully. Feel free at any time to put the podcast down for while and to reflect upon the feelings that it may raise. Take the time to journal and to validate how it makes you feel. The invitation is always there to pick up the podcast again and to listen to this incredible story of hope.


Bec is the founder and owner of Botanicals by Luxe, a natural skin care brand launched in 2018 that has taken Australia by storm. Most surprising to learn however, is that Bec has a relationship to anxiety, has been diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS, has experienced multiple miscarriages and is now the proud mum of two, to her loving husband Nato. Her story is nothing short of incredible and I am so honoured to be able to share it here with you today.

After a year of discussing the idea of meeting up to record an episode, and the world having other plans, Bec and I are so thrilled to finally get together today with the aim of raising awareness for mental health and to embed the message into people’s hearts that they are truly never alone.

In this episode Bec and I talk all things anxiety, skin health, miscarriage and self care. It is an episode that you truly do not want to miss. I could not help but be blown away by Bec’s story and to sit before her and to learn of her life and more importantly her strength, was simply remarkable. I am extremely inspired by this incredible woman and I know that you will be too!

In today’s jam packed episode beautiful Bec and I discuss:

  • being diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS and the unheard struggle behind fertility treatments
  • the importance of raising awareness for miscarriage and words of hope and inspiration for all women
  • the joy of giving birth to beautiful Ollie and Jack
  • the scary experience of anxiety onset after birth
  • the relatable fear of losing your family to COVID 19
  • learning about your anxiety to better understand it and manage it
  • how you can access a mental health care plan, normalising mental health and therapy
  • why you shouldn’t be ashamed to utilise the wonderful resources like Beyond Blue and Lifeline
  • creating a successful business as a mum and the hurdles she had to overcome
  • how to incorporate more self-care in this season and tools for slowing down and taking time for yourself
  • ‘mum guilt’ – making self-care a priority as a parent
  • tips for ‘maskne’ – skin hacks
  • setting boundaries and protecting your energy

This episode is magic. I cannot believe the amount of beautiful information this episode was able to encapsulate in as little as 53 minutes! That’s just how amazing Bec is!

I really hope that you loved this episode just as much as I did, I believe that it carries so much power and so much weight in raising awareness for miscarriage, anxiety and self-care. It is a message that is very needed in today’s world, I could not be more honoured to have shared the space with Bec to create this episode.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Bec and I today, we are incredibly grateful!


I am going to list a few helpful resources for you just in case:

Here are some wonderful mental health resources we discussed today.

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636

Lifeline – 13 11 14

How to access a mental health care plan – https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/mental-health-care-plan


You can find Bec and her incredible product line here – Botanicals by Luxe

Find her on Instagram here – @botanicalsbyluxe

If you have any messages or thoughts, Bec and I would love to hear from you!

You can connect with me via instagram at @stephsanzaro

I appreciate your time more than you know and am so grateful for you listening to this episode today!

Love Steph x

036 – Deepening The Connection To Yourself with Laura Grady

Episode 36 with Laura Grady, a radiant female empowerment coach who’s mission is helping other women tap into their inner power. Today we will be exploring the idea of deepening the connection to ourself. We discuss the power of inner child work, understanding our past patterns and conditioning, inner work and it’s benefits to anxiety, learning to value ourselves more, triggers as a means for growth, the light and shade in each of us and the importance of showing up as your authentic self. This is an episode that packs a wholesome punch that will hit you straight in the heart. Laura and I had so much fun recording this episode and we really hope that you enjoy listening to it. You can connect with Laura at @lauragradycoaching on instagram. Happy listening xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am joined by the radiant Laura Grady: a female empowerment coach helping women align with their inner selves.

Laura’s ethos is all about guiding women to tap into their power and helping them to become aware that they are truly enough and that they are worthy, just the way they are.

This is a such beautiful episode about deepening the connection to our inner self, it was such a pleasure to record with this wonderful woman.

In today’s episode Laura and I discuss:

  • the impact of low self worth
  • exploring inner child work
  • the power of tapping into the child within
  • becoming our own loving parent
  • why we numb ourselves to protect ourselves
  • how pain can be our biggest teacher
  • re-writing our conditioning
  • the benefits of being held during self discovery
  • how inner work can transform anxiety
  • how we can learn to value ourselves more
  • why we cannot fix other people
  • unlearning old patterns
  • triggers, as a means for growth
  • the light and shade of each and every person
  • showing up as your authentic self
  • finding your inner glow

You can connect with beautiful Laura over on Instagram at @lauragradycoaching or work with her and enrol in her coaching programs here

Thank you so much to Laura for being a wonderful guest today on the podcast, I absolutely loved having this chat with her, it really just felt like two old friends catching up and chatting over a cup of tea!

I am so grateful to you, for being here this week and for sharing your time with us.

Happy listening,

Steph xx

035 – Uncovering Limiting Beliefs and Putting Yourself Out There with Your Host

Episode 35 on limiting beliefs and putting yourself out there. In this short 20 minute solo episode, we explore the idea of uncovering limiting beliefs through therapy, therapy as a means for mental exploration, protection mechanisms, living with anxiety, the benefits of stepping into discomfort, discovering what you are capable of, following the call of your soul, the importance of clear intentions and manifestation and the impact of self worth and self love on our belief of what we deserve from our lives. In this episode I share a piece of my heart with you all, I hope you find comfort in the words and perhaps a new sense of understanding within yourself. Thank you for sharing your time with me. If you’d like to connect you can find me at @stephsanzaro on Instagram. Happy listening xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today you are joining me for a solo episode on limiting beliefs and putting yourself out there.

In this short solo episode we will be talking about:

  • uncovering limiting beliefs through therapy
  • therapy as a means for mental exploration
  • my personal experience with anxiety
  • protection mechanisms in my life
  • the benefits I found from stepping into the discomfort
  • breaking through my fear of travelling alone
  • following the call of your soul
  • understanding what we are capable of
  • the importance of clear intentions and manifestation
  • why we need to take action in manifestation
  • stepping into alignment with your goals
  • the impact of self worth and self love on our belief of what we deserve

Thank you so much for joining me for this weeks episode, I love sharing little snippets from my life with you all, that I have found to be extremely profound in my growth and I hope they provoke a new line of thinking within your own.

You can connect with me via instagram at @stephsanzaro

Happy listening,

Steph xx

014 – The ‘Food as Fuel’ Battle with Matt Sipala

In today’s episode I am joined by Matt Sipala from You4ia Health and Active Living. Matt is a fitness professional, who in this episode opens up about food addiction, calorie counting and calorie restriction, his mental health, transitioning to a plant based diet and much, much more. I can’t wait for you to listen!

Hey guys welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

In today’s episode I am joined by Matt Sipala of You4ia Health and Active Living.

This is a really great episode that I think lots of us out there can resonate with.

It has become an all too common thing for many of us out there to experience body image issues and Matt is no stranger to this.

In this episode Matt and I discuss:

  • Matt’s story
  • Mental health
  • Masculinity and femininity
  • Being a young teen at 100kg
  • Battling with calorie counting and calorie restriction
  • The ‘fun’ of fad diets
  • Finding sustainable health and fitness
  • Transitioning to a plant based diet
  • Becoming a podcaster and tips & tricks
  • Self care for Matt
  • The importance of breathing and meditation

What a jam packed episode! I’m so happy that matt joined us this week and shared his incredible story with us. Every week I am astounded by the incredible guests who join me and share so openly and vulnerably. It is incredibly inspirational and hopefully this episode has left you with a little clarity moving forward in your life.

You can find more from Matt here

Happy listening

Steph x


009 – This Hot Mess with Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper is the woman behind This Hot Mess, an amazing blog about sharpening minds and softening hearts. This is a beautiful episode filled with many pockets of wisdom. You will learn about the reality of being a Primary Carer, how to create and be your own brand, living and managing Anxiety, self care, living authentically and much, much more! This is one you cannot miss!

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast.

Today I am joined by Kim Cooper, a dear friend of mine who is changing her slice of the world for the better.

Kim is a sensational human being who is a massive beacon in the Geelong community and a part of many philanthropic endeavours. She is a professional singer, brand representative and blogger. Kim is also the primary carer of her father.

But, this ‘wonder of a woman’ still manages to find the time to perform local gigs, go to social events, be on the panel for local charities, write pieces for Forte Mag, create video content for Humans in Geelong, be a brand rep for many companies AND write her own blog; This Hot Mess!

Is there anything this girl can’t do?!


In this podcast we discuss:

  • what it’s like to be a Primary Carer for a loved one
  • the in’s and out’s of Anxiety and tips to manage and support yourself
  • advice for networking, building a brand and being your authentic self
  • over delivering, the influencer industry and doing instagram for the right reasons
  • self care and mindfulness
  • living a life that is true to yourself

It’s one you cannot miss!


Kim’s new project is This Hot Mess, a blog that is all about “sharpening minds and softening hearts”.

She relaunches her creation on the 12th of September 2019.
You can find it here This Hot Mess

Keep your eyes peeled on this project guys, there are big things coming from miss Kim Cooper!


This podcast offers so many pockets of wisdom!

I personally feel that I have been so incredibly changed and enlightened by Kim’s insights and listening to her speak.

I am very grateful Kim took the time to sit down with us today and share her wonderful knowledge.

You can find more from Kim here on Instagram

I hope you guys enjoyed this episode and I look forward to seeing you again next week!

Steph xx

007 – Stepping Outside the Comfort Zone with Your Host Steph Sanzaro

Welcome to my first solo episode. This week I take you through my crazy experience in the week just past, with the Unyoked project and a spontaneous yet transformative trip to the Grampians with a guy that was no more than a stranger a week before. This episode is about the crazy things the world presents you with when you start to step outside of your comfort zone and step into your fears! It’s time to open yourself up to all the possibilities the world has waiting for you!

In this episode I take the plunge and record my very first solo podcast.

It has taken me a while to get to this point where I feel comfortable sitting in front of the microphone and to talk about myself.

But it’s time to not be fearful anymore. It’s time to provide value and share some of the insights that I have come to learn over my life!

In the last week I have seen more of a transformation in myself, than I have in years… all from simply stepping outside of my comfort zone and doing something that would normally scare the absolute hell out of me.

I am not going to give you any spoilers but this episode is really about all of the wonderful things that the universe seems to present to you with when you decide to sit in the discomfort, step into your fears and stop letting your anxious brain control you.

The best things truly do come when you start to open yourself up to new experiences and new opportunities. It is a beautiful reminder that accepting help, is not weak. It is brave, it allows people in to your life and allows intimacy.

The people I have met and gotten to know over the past week have now shaped me for what is to come next in my life.

Each person and experience is a learning opportunity and provides so much space for growth and self awareness.

I hope you guys enjoy this episode and if you do, please feel free to tag someone who needs to hear this today.

Love Steph! xx

006 – Leading the Conversation with Gabe McClelland

In this episode I am joined by Gabe McClelland as he leads the important conversation around mental health. He shares his incredible story about anxiety and OCD, that has a truly inspiring message that will get you moving your body, having important conversations and being a good mate. This episode has the power to change lives.

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Today’s episode is a beautiful conversation with Gabe McClelland.

Gabe leads today’s episode with a discussion that I hold very close to my heart, a discussion about mental health.

You are going to be blown away by this episode, Gabe inspires with every single word.

His story is incredible and extremely relatable to many of us out there. We discuss anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and how he has managed to tackle and over power these things.

This episode offers hope to many people out there and I think will motivate and inspire you to get outside, get your body moving and get out of your head.

Sometimes our mental illness can feel like it consumes our entire life and seemingly, that is what Gabe’s had done to him. However he is now leading a run group called the Finishr with his partner Bree, that is encouraging movement and inspiring important conversations.

Conversation can change the world.

Talk to someone today. Have the tough conversation, man up and be a mate.

If Gabe’s story speaks to you, feel free to contact him through his instagram at Gabe_mcc

This episode has the power to change lives, I cannot wait for you to hear it.


004 – Binge Eating to Boss Girling with Lucy Brennan

Lucy Brennan is the founder and directer of Luce Fit Australia. In this inspiring episode we discuss overcoming binge eating, anxiety, competing in fitness competitions, founding a successful business and cultivating self love. Have your pens ready because this episode is full of amazing and helpful tips!

Welcome back for another episode of the Plant Based Body Podcast! 🙂


This episode is truly wonderful and heart warming.

My conversation with Lucy is full of empowering messages and inspiring ways to help improve our relationship with food and our bodies.


In this episode Lucy takes us through her early life and into high school. We talk about where she headed after school and her experience with University and moving to Melbourne.

It was there she blossomed as a PT and worked the usual AM and PM fitness professional grind.

We talk about the positives but also the struggles of competing in fitness competitions and how this ultimately effected Lucy’s body image.

However, Melbourne was not for Luce and she ventured overseas where she really discovered her drive and purpose.


Upon her return Lucy knew exactly what she wanted to do… to create an all female gym that would empower women in her community to get their bodies moving and to help improve their relationship with their bodie’s.

This is where Luce Fit Aus was born!


In this podcast we explore mindfulness, self love, building a business, competing,  anxiety, over coming binge eating and poor self image and so many more precious goodies!

I hope you guys enjoy this episode as much as I did and fall in love with Lucy’s ethos and passion!


She is a wonderful inspiration for all girls out there wanting to make something of themselves and build their own business; and she proves that not everyone needs to go to University to be successful!

Luce Fit Aus is a warm and nurturing womens gym in Geelong, and it’s community continues to grow every day!

If you would like to be a part of it, head over and follow this link to explore their Instagram

Thank you guys for tuning in for another episode and we will see you next week!

Steph xx

001 – Breaking the Stigma with Nick Bell

A beautifully honest podcast about the trouble of over coming mental health and breaking the stigma.

Hey guys,

Welcome to the first episode of the Plant Based Body Podcast.


There seems to be this stigma out there surrounding Mental Health.

Still. In 2019.

Why is it still shameful to express that you’re not doing the best?

Everyone struggles. Everyone has down days and everyone has moments where it all seems too much.

So it should make sense that we talk about it with our family and our friends and ask for help in these dark times right???

Unfortunately the answer is NO.

Far too many children, teenagers and adults are suffering in silence. They are trying to fight alone and it is a fight they are losing.

The new statistics show that suicide rates are at an all time high. Specifically among young men. 3 in 4 suicides are men.
What a horrible statistic.

But why men? Why do they lead this number?

Could it be the expectation that is placed on them from a young age to ‘be tough and get over it’?

What about the saying ‘boys don’t cry’?

It could be both of those things.

Unfortunately it doesn’t change the fact that many men are suffering in silence and they’re unable to get help before it’s too late!

But what would happen if men knew that it was okay to say they are not okay?

What if they were told that they could feel whatever it was they were feeling and that it was normal?

What if they knew it was okay to talk to others and share their feelings with other people, from a young age?

What if they knew that they would still be ‘a man’ even if they cried?

What if more men spoke out and normalised mental health among other men?

Well that is exactly why Nick Bell is my first guest on the Plant Based Body Podcast.

To speak out.
To say its okay to not feel okay.
To express that it’s okay to ask for help.
To break the stigma around mental health.


Nick is a young man.
Just like your brother, your cousin, boyfriend, husband, or your father or uncle used to be.

He works a normal job, he goes to uni and he loves sport and music just like any young man.

He has had his hard times and his good times too.

His life, like many others; has not been easy.

He has struggled with mental illness, thoughts of suicide and hopelessness.

However, he is still here.


Nick found himself at a point where his mental health had hit its lowest point. At times the emotion was too much and it overwhelmed him with sadness.

It was at this time that he decided to film a video. A video of him opening up about his situation, his life and being affected by mental health.

In this heart wrenching video Nick explains the depths of his depression and bares all, so that the viewer can truly see behind his usual charade of ‘that bubbly guy’.

No one had seen this side of Nick before. No one knew that he was struggling.
And it’s heart breaking to hear that he almost did something that he can never take back.

He posted this video to his Facebook, whilst he was overseas in Europe. It was a chance for him to finally express how he was feeling, to be free.

He received an overwhelming response of support and love from family, friends but also complete strangers. Something in his video resonated with others… ‘that everyone struggles’.

But, to bear your soul so openly comes at an extremely vulnerable price.

Will he be labeled as ‘the mental health guy’?
Will people treat him differently?
Will his friends still accept him the way he is?
Will people understand him?

The answer?

He became a role model for others around him. He showed everyone that it’s okay to talk about how you are feeling and to let people see the real you. And that is all that matters.

The more people who talk about their struggle publicly, the more normalised it becomes.

The more normalised it is to seek help.


It is not weak to ask for help, it is brave.

It is admitting that you are not perfect, but you’re willing to work towards a better you.


There are many free resources out there for those who are in need of someone to talk to.

We mention a wonderful centre in Geelong called Headspace that has been a tremendous help to Nick and his wellbeing.

You can also contact Beyond BlueSuicide LineLife Line.


  • We discuss the importance of taking a social media detox and getting off the web and focusing on your self for a while
  • We discuss the importance of seeking help professionally and from family
  • We discuss the benefits of getting out there and moving your body with exercise

It is impossible to know what is really going on behind a big beautiful smile.

Sometimes the biggest smile, hides the biggest heartache.

If someone you know is experiencing a hard time, be compassionate.
Open up your time to them and offer them company and support.

You don’t need to fix their problems. They don’t need you for that. Just simply sit and be with them. Keep them company and let them know that it’s okay to not be okay.

Reach out to the people you love, send a message of random love or a cute phone call.

Tell people how you feel about them, be brave, be vulnerable and be courageous.

And most importantly, seek help if you need to.

Because the only way we are going to break this stigma…

Is by smashing the fuck out of it.

Love Steph


I would like to thank Nick Bell for his honesty and his candour in this epsidode.
It takes a fearless and brave young man to do as he has done.

But the more people out there like Nick, the closer we are to breaking this stigma around mental health.

You can find Nick on Instagram Here

Be kind always xx