018 – Things Don’t Always Go To Plan – India Audio Blog Part 2 – With Your Host Steph Sanzaro

In Episode 18 I detail the sagas of my last few weeks in India. I tell the stories of the fun and crazy things I got up to and of course the story of getting hit with Typhoid Fever and Dengue Fever simultaneously, landing me in an Indian hospital for 8 days. Whilst not everything went according to plan… I simply wouldn’t change a thing!

Hey guys!

I am back for the first podcast of 2020.

Since returning from India, my life has solely been about letting my body rest and recover… and not a lot else! There has been very little activity and unfortunately that’s why the podcast has been a little quiet lately!

If you’re not already aware, in December whilst traveling India I fell ill with Typhoid Fever AND Dengue Fever… at the same time. I was hospitalised for 8 days and it was one of the hardest experiences I have ever been through.

I can honestly say though, I wouldn’t change the experience for anything. I learnt so much and grew exponentially just from having that experience and that is all that matters to me.


Episode 18 is Part 2 of my India Audio Blog.

Part 1 detailed the experiences I was having in my early months in India and the stomach bug that also landed me in hospital.

Part 2 concludes my incredible travels in India and details all of the events, experiences and things I got up to.

It’s a story telling episode, if you will.


India was the most incredible country to visit for my first solo trip and I cannot recommend it enough! It has to be on the bucket list for sure.

Though challenging and hard at times, India is a vortex unlike no other.

It will have my heart always.


I hope you guys enjoy this episode and a little look into my travels!

Happy listening

Steph xx

017 – We Are Stronger Than We Know – India Audio Blog Part 1 – With Your Host Steph Sanzaro

In this solo episode I talk about my crazy experiences in India in the last two months. My little rafting disaster that saw me have my first near death experience, my countless stomach bugs whilst traveling, hiking through the desert and then landing myself in an Indian hospital. It has seen me learn the importance of listening to your body, giving it the rest it needs but also that we are way stronger than we could have ever imagined and that we can truly get through anything.

Hey guys, welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Todays episode is a little audio blog about my crazy experiences in India in the last 2 months!

There have been many ups… but also a few downs!

In this episode I chat about:

  • my little rafting disaster that saw me go through my first near death experience
  • traveling with 4 other people during a stomach bug that saw me on and off the toilet for days
  • hiking through the desert and ditching our camels
  • getting another stomach bug that saw me land in a sketchy Indian hospital
  • learning the importance of listening to your body and resting

It has been a really amazing 2 months here in India and whilst I may talk about a few of the negatives here in todays episode, this trip has truly been the best thing I have ever done for myself in my entire life.

Getting out of my own country and seeing the beautiful land that is India, meeting incredible people, undertaking yoga teacher training, seeing incredible monuments and forts and so much more.

This is a place that I will always remember travelling too and the positives far out weigh any possible negatives!

Happy listening,

Steph xx

016 – Owning Your Story with Purpose with Mel Yu

Today I am joined by Mel Yu, the entrepreneur behind Ego Expo, MCO events and an avid keynote speaker for Suicide Prevention. This episode is a powerhouse of information and inspiration. Get ready to cry, laugh and learn from this incredible woman. We discuss life after losing your love to suicide, the importance of going ‘within’, self work and self love, building and growing business, owning your story and much, much more!

Hello my dear friends, welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast.

Today’s episode is extremely special; I am joined by the incredible women that is, Mel Yu.

Mel has an incredible story. I feel extremely honoured to have been trusted with holding space for Mel as she takes us through her journey.

And what a journey it has been!

Mel has experienced her fair share of hardship. After experiencing family troubles early in life and dealing with racism and bullying in school, in 2014 Mel then lost her partner Gus, to suicide.

It was that heartbreaking and earth shattering kind of love. And the loss of this was something that rocked Mel to her core. What could have been an easy path for Mel to fall into a spiral of depression as well, over the years she has found new strength and has been able to take her lowest point and turn it into power; as an advocate for suicide prevention.

Mel has become an advocate for mental health and is an avid key note speaker. Mel is also the entrepreneur behind Ego Expo and MCO Events, two incredible businesses that are taking Melbourne and Australia by storm.

This amazing lady has so much knowledge and wisdom to share and this episode is a power house of inspiration. I left this conversation buzzing, and I know you will too.

In this episode Mel and I discuss:

  • Mel’s journey
  • Shifting your perspective
  • Suicide and life after
  • Letting blame and shame go
  • Living your life ‘in flow’
  • Hitting rock bottom and finding the strength to rise back up
  • Fostering self awareness
  • Reaching out for help and finding the right person to talk to
  • The power of going ‘within’
  • Building a mental health network
  • The power of vulnerability
  • Owning your story with purpose
  • Becoming A self-made business woman
  • Investing in yourself
  • Leading with kindess
  • Conscious content consumption
  • Positive affirmations for self love
  • Finding gratitude

“The worst thing you can leave behind, is a story untold”.

I am so humbled to share this powerful episode with you all and cannot thank Mel enough for her time and for sharing so openly.

You can find Mel on instagram here

If you or someone you know is struggling, Lifeline is an incredible resource for help and someone to talk to. Be kind to others always, you never know what is really going on underneath.

Happy listening,

Love Steph x

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


011 – Becoming Natural Harry with Harriet Birrell

In this episode I am joined by author Harriet Birrell of ‘Natural Harry’ a series of incredible plant based recipe and lifestyle books. In this amazing episode we discuss plant based nutrition, veganism, minimal waste living, self care, finding your purpose and following your journey. This is a must listen!

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Today I am joined by the wonderful Harriet Birrell!


This episode is so heart warming and extremely inspirational!

Harriet is the creator of Natural Harry, a series of incredible plant based recipe books and a wonderful concept store that have all evolved from a smoothie and raw treat van called “Natural Harry” back in the day!

In this podcast we discuss Harriet’s journey to where she is today, all of the ups and downs, the forks in the road and that feeling of anxiety surrounding what the hell we are meant to do with our lives!


The moral of the story is that we don’t have to know what we want to do with our lives! All we have to do is enjoy the ride and be present and here for all of the crazy and wonderful experiences that life throws at us!

Harriet is passionate about minimal waste living and a plant based lifestyle and this podcast encapsulates it all!

We talk:

  • Plant based health
  • Veganism
  • Her business
  • Ups and downs of her journey
  • Minimal waste living
  • Self care

You will learn things, you will laugh and you will be inspired to take on your dreams and invest in your ideas and creativity!

You can find Harriett’s website Here

Find her on Instagram Here


I am so pleased that Harriet joined us this week and I really hope you guys are left with that heart warming feeling!

Happy listening!

Steph x

008 – Tales of a Plant Based Traveler with Jian Wong Yen

Have you ever wanted to travel the world like you are limitless? Well my next guest Jian Wong Yen has. In this beautiful episode Jian tells us about his crazy and wonderful experiences from his years of traveling the world. His reflections and insights into the monumental moments of his life will leave you feeling inspired and enlightened. Be prepared for that fire inside of you to ignite!

What a journey this has been so far! I am so excited to have you all back with me for another week on the Plant Based Body Podcast! This is truly such a wonderful medium for people to share their experiences and their lives and presents the listeners with an opportunity to learn and grow.

My next guest is no exception!

This episode excites that itchy part of you that is seeking MORE from life!

My guest Jian Wong Yen, is about to tell you the craziest of tales about his years of traveling the world. Prepare to be shocked, amazed and inspired.

His experiences will ignite a fire in you to go out there and do the things that scare you, to take risks and reminds us that we are capable of everything we set our minds to!

Over his years of travel Jian has written a reflection on each monumental moment that has happened to him. Through his reflections he has been able to unpack and gain insight into how each of them has affected and shaped him.

This podcast offers wisdom beyond Jian’s years and I cannot wait for you to be as inspired by this episode as I was.

Enjoy!

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

005 – Sustainable Food, Health and Fitness with Elise Carver

In this episode I am joined by Elise Carver (@littlebantamsurftrainer) as we discuss sustainable living, fitness and food. An incredible insight that I believe will change the way we think about our health and fitness forever. In this episode we also touch on social media, growing a business through Instagram, mental health, living with Gastritis and fueling and moving your body.

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

In this episode I am joined by Elise Carver (@littlebantamsurftrainer) of Surf Style Training. This episode is jam packed with amazing goodies that I know you guys will love!

Today we talk:

  • her journey
  • fitness
  • social media
  • mental health
  • sustainability
  • fueling your body for optimisation
  • the gut and Gastritis

We discuss Elises early life, moving from place to place and the instability when she was growing up and the rocky relationship she has with her mother and her step father. She explains the work she has had to do to help her over come these issues and ultimately overcome a lot of her childhood trauma.

Elise found home within the Surf Coast, where she lives a sustainable lifestyle with her husband. Elise works as a trainer and online coach, provides active stretching and training tips to her many Instagram followers and is soon to be a published Author.

When ‘sustainability’ is the topic of conversation, we normally think of minimal waste living. But in this episode we talk about sustainable fitness; is your fitness routine a long term commitment or a short term quick fix that will burn you out? What about food? Are you dieting and doing crazy challenges that are unsustainable in the long run or are you eating to fuel your body best?

Elise shares amazing insights for those who have never heard of sustainability before and quick and easy tips that we can use to implement sustainability into our lives today.

I hope you have your pen ready because you are about to learn an abundance of knowledge that will help to change your life forever! 

If you would like to connect with Elise and provide her with some feedback you can find her here:

Instagram – @littlebantamsurftrainer

Website – https://surfstyletraining.com.au

I want to thank Elise for being so honest and so willing to help others, she is providing incredible content through her instagram teaching and inspiring others and truly wants to change other peoples lives but more importantly… change the world!

What a legend.

Steph xx